The Electric Highway currently has charging points at five Welcome Break service stations in the UK. Called "top-up zones," each station is powered by energy generated by Ecotricity's wind and solar parks scattered throughout the UK. In less than 18 months, all of the UK's 27 Welcome Break motorway service centers will have at least one charging point.
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and the man behind the Nemesis EV, says people often ask why his firm is building this Electric Highway when only 2,000 electric vehicles travel on the UK's roads. His response:
That's our kind of thinking.It's often said that one of the reasons more people don't buy electric cars is because of a lack of charging facilities – while the reason more charging facilities aren't built is because not enough people are buying electric cars – classic chicken and egg stuff. We're hoping to break that impasse. We're creating the infrastructure to get Britain's electric car revolution moving.