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Electric Highway to include forecourt charging from next year

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.

Ecotricity Electric Highway

The Electric Highway had previously focused on the UK’s major 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, the network has so far been 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.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.