Owners of electric cars can ‘fill up’ their vehicles while shopping at Waitrose, as we expand our network of charging points.
The popularity of electric vehicles, known as EVs, in Britain, is rising as motorists discover the benefits of nominal energy costs and a smaller carbon footprint. 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 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 a number of models of EVs and hybrids vehicles, which switch between fuel and electricity, on the market today. At the moment, there are EV charge points at 32 shops and 25 at Waitrose Welcome Breaks. Waitrose supports communities and reduces impact on the environment through the Waitrose Way
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Membury West (South)
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