The days of electric vehicles (EVs) being restricted to towns and cities are over for thousands of drivers thanks to the completion of a new 1,100km charging network installed across the British Isles through the Rapid Charge Network.
The growing market for electric vehicles (EVs) is set to receive a boost thanks to the completion this month of four projects enabling a network of 429 multi-standard fast-charging points across 10 European countries. The initiative will help drive demand for and use of EVs, as well as facilitate longer-distance zero-emissions travel.
The Rapid Charge Network (RCN) team is carrying out a detailed study about the impact of the network, looking at driver and charging behaviour.
We are already seeing lots of drivers using the new Rapid Charge Network charge points, with more than 9,000 uses of the charge points already.
The RCN team has been hitting the road to identify potential sites in South West Scotland, North Wales and in East England, speaking to potential partners along the route.
The Rapid Charge Network (RCN) team is working with key partners to ensure the full coverage of the route. It is thanks to network operators Ecotricity in the UK and ESB in Ireland that the project has managed to engage with so many sites to date with more coming over the next few months.
The team developing the UK’s Rapid Charge Network is working with similar European funded projects to share knowledge, with the aim of linking up the whole of Europe, helping drivers to drive as far as Croatia and Denmark.
As well as being the development of a new network for EV drivers, the Rapid Charge Network project is also a vital real-life study of the impact that a network of rapid charge points can have on electric vehicle drivers now and in the future.
Joint EU project will give electric vehicle (EV) drivers an extensive Rapid Charge Network across the UK connecting Ireland and Europe.
Nissan is leading a consortium which aims to establish a network of rapid chargers for electric vehicles running the full length and breadth of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
ESB recently launched The Great Electric Drive for the second year running, and invited members of the general public and business organisations to join a new team of ecar ambassadors and drive an electric car.
Newcastle University and Zero Carbon Futures are supporting major vehicle manufacturers on a UK-wide electric vehicle project.
The Renault network has celebrated the 10,000th registration of a Kangoo Z.E., the European segment-leading small electric van.
The BMW Group entered a new era in automotive construction with the start of series production of the BMW i3.
The Rapid Charge Network is supported by major industry partners, including: