North-dwelling electric-car owners suffering from range anxiety can start breathing a collective sigh of relief. Britain's about to be blessed with its first network of high-speed recharging points courtesy of the One North East regional development agency and Electromotiv.
To take advantage of the Rapid Charge Elektrobay high-speed chargers, you'll need to be in the North East of England -- so it might be a bit of a trek if you're driving a G-Wiz from the capital.
According to Electromotiv, the bays can charge an EV -- such as the Nissan Leaf -- to 80 per cent of its capacity in as little as 20 minutes, as opposed to the 7 hours it would take using a conventional household plug socket.
The first high-speed charger has already been installed at the Metro Centre in Gateshead, with over 1,000 more points due to be installed over the course of the next three years.
The One North East regional development agency, which is leading the initiative to install these high-speed chargers, says further Rapid Charge Elektrobays will be be deployed in locations where EV owners can access them easily. It's in search of businesses and organisations located near major trunk roads to provide charging locations.
For the moment, electric-car owners in the south of England will have to make do with old-school (read: painfully slow) recharge points, though hopefully not for too much longer. Electric-car recharging infrastructure will hopefully grow rapidly in the next few years, thanks in part to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) 'Plugged-In Places' initiative, which aims to establish "key strategic locations around the UK".
Here's hoping high-speed chargers come to a street near you in the near future.