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Automotive News Oct 31, 2012

More recharge points open up for Electric car drivers

More recharge points open up for Electric car drivers
Plans for a fully nationwide network of charging points for electric cars have scaled it's first obstacle, with two existing networks linking up in Eastern England.

In an effort to make it easier for drivers of electric vehicles to make longer journeys, two major schemes in Eastern England and in London have announced the linking up of their networks of car charging points. The team-up was confirmed by Transport for London (TfL) last week, and will see Source East partner with Source London.

At the moment, Source East has 132 charging points situated all over Eastern England, whilst Source London has 810, though it plans to raise this to 1,300 during 2013. For a £10 annual membership fee, electric car drivers will be able to use charging points from either source free of charge, which means they will have access to 942 chargers.

Source London obviously covers the capital city, whilst Source East covers Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, along with Bedford, Luton, Peterborough, Central Bedfordshire and Thurrock. They aim to make sure that every 25 miles at most there is a charging point available for electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf and Citroen C-Zero.

The TfL director for Source London, Nick Fairholme, has commented: "This arrangement between Source London and Source East means they can now comfortably travel outside London also safe in the knowledge that they are never too far from a charge point... London is leading the way in providing charge points for owners of electric vehicles. The growth in the electric vehicle market is very encouraging and by building the infrastructure to support these vehicles, we expect them to become even more accessible... London's charge point network guarantees our members are never far away from a point".

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