Owners of electric cars can ‘fill up’ their vehicles while shopping at Waitrose, as we expand our network of charging points.
Although there are relatively few electric cars, known as EVs, in Britain, ownership is rising as motorists discover the benefits of nominal energy costs and a smaller carbon footprint.
However, more charge points will spark interest in switching to an EV. ‘The main barrier in people’s mind to the take up of electric cars is their travel range and charging times,’ says Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, the company installing charge points at Welcome Break services, home to Waitrose shops on motorways.
‘Really these issues are one and the same. Concern over the distance that an electric car will travel on a single charge, called range anxiety, can be overcome if you have the right charging infrastructure in the right locations – to quickly recharge.’
Many of the new charge points on Waitrose motorway services are rapid, meaning some EVs can be charged in less than 30 minutes. Most of the charge points in Waitrose store car parks, provided by Chargemaster, take longer, but allow for two to be done at once.
There are 10 models of EVs on the market in the UK, and about the same number of hybrids, which switch between fuel and electricity. At the moment, there are EV charge points at 27 shops and 10 at Waitrose Welcome Breaks, with up to 6 planned this month. Waitrose supports communities and reduces impact on the environment through the Waitrose Way.
Electric car charging points
Abingdon - Rapid Charger
Bury St Edmunds
Lichfield - Rapid Charger
Welwyn Garden City
Oxford - Installed but currently off-line
Oxford Peartree Roundabout - Planned installation 05/09/13
Membury East - Rapid Charger
Membury West - Rapid Charger
South Mimms - Rapid Charger
Warwick North - Planned installation 19/09/13
Warwick South - Planned installation 19/09/13
Keele North - Installed but currently offline
London Gateway - Planned installation 03/09/13
Fleet North - Rapid Charger
Fleet South - Rapid Charger
Michaelwood North - Rapid Charger
Cardiff Gate - Rapid Charger
Newport Pagnell North - Rapid Charger
Hopwood Park - Rapid Charger
Leicester Forest East North - Rapid Charger