The number of electric cars using the Electric Highway soared by nearly 300% in the first six months of 2014 as sales of electric vehicles in Britain passed the 10,000 mark.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the number of plug-in cars registered in Britain reached 10,255 at the end of June, while at the same time Britain’s biggest fast charge network – the Electric Highway – completed a second consecutive quarter of rapid growth, with electricity use up over 300%.
Since opening the Electric Highway has:
- Provided over 250,000 kWh of free green electricity
- Powering more than 1 million miles* of free travel
- With around 800 new members joining each month
The number of cars using the Electric Highway is growing rapidly** – 4,080 cars charged on the Electric Highway from Oct to Dec last year, the following quarter the figure rose to 8,891 and in the latest quarter had risen again to 15,152 – more than tripled in just three quarters.
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and the Electric Highway, said:
“Fast chargers are a massive turning point for electric cars in Britain, knowing you can recharge a car in 20 minutes, or about the time it takes to have a cup of coffee, and travel the length and breadth of Britain if you want to – is a massive boost.
“In the last year we’ve provided the power for over 1 million miles of carbon free (and cost free) travel on the Electric Highway with around 90% of that coming in just the last nine months due to the accelerating take up of electric cars and the national availability of these super new fast chargers.
“At this rate we expect to reach the 2 million mile mark by Christmas and have chargers in every motorway service station in Britain.
“One of the great benefits of electric driving is that we can power our cars from the energy we make in this country, from the wind and sun. Powering our cars in this way will mean we won’t be at the mercy of external events like those currently unfolding in the Middle East and the inexorable rise of fossil fuel prices.
“The energy we provide on the Electric Highway is 100% green made here in Britain – and that’s important. The transport sector is the second biggest source of the carbon emissions that cause climate change, so a shift to electric cars is not just the right decision economically, it’s an environmental necessity, too.”
As we complete 100% motorway coverage in the next few months, we’ve also begun to double the number of electricity pumps at each location and have already begun adding a new charging standard to cater for the raft of new models coming from new from BMW and VW.
“It’s still early days for electric cars in Britain. There’s been a bit of a chicken and egg situation – the lack of charging infrastructure put people off buying electric cars, but the infrastructure wasn’t being built because there weren’t enough cars on the road. That’s why we built the Electric Highway, to kick-start the electric car revolution.
“When we started three years ago, there was only a couple of cars available and charging took several hours. Now just three years later there are 20 different models of pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the road and charging times have fallen to 20 minutes. Our mission at the Electric Highway is to provide an ever growing national network of fast chargers – for every make and model of electric car on the road in Britain.”
Pictured is Dale Vincent, founder of Ecotricity and the Electric Highway