Electric Highway network to include fuel forecourts from 2018
Ecotricity’s Electric Highway rapid charging network is to roll out 30 “electricity pumps” on fuel forecourts across London next year, targeting key commuter points on the capital’s biggest roads.
Working with forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG), the network will include Shell, BP and Texaco-branded sites, with the new locations set to go live in the first half of 2018, the company said. Founded in 2011, to date, the network has focused on installing rapid chargers at motorway service stations and branches of Ikea.
MFG recently announced it would also be working with ChargePoint Services, deploying chargers at 413 forecourts UK-wide. Shell also recently began rolling out its own forecourt-based charging network, following the acquisition of Dutch operator NewMotion.
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and the Electric Highway, said: “Having established the network on motorways where it was needed most, we are now moving into the major towns and cities on petrol station forecourts. The day is coming where charging an electric vehicle will be no different to what we’ve come to expect – just popping to a forecourt to refuel.”