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The first three of many free EV charging points have just opened in the UK in Hertfordshire, Reading, and Gloucestershire. The Ecotricity charging points will be part of a network of free, 100% green energy powered charging stations expected to be completely installed by September that are juiced up with energy from Ecotricity’s solar or wind energy parks across the UK. Drivers can get a quick charge in 20 minutes or a full charge in 2 hours at the quick-charging points along the route, or stay in a hotel by the roadside while their car gets a more leisurely overnight charge at the standard charging outlets. Every station only has 2 outlets (which may not be enough for very long at the rate automakers are releasing electric cars) but they need to be accessed using a free but registered swipe card, which will keep Ecotricity aware of how many people are using the system.

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  1. xoddam August 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    from registration and licensing fees.

  2. caeman August 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Why does it have to be free? Don’t these EV drivers realize that their cars are damaging the roads just as much as the gas and diesel cars? How will those districts make up the funds to maintain the roads without the fuel taxes?

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