Electric Cars Clock 500,000 Miles On Electric Highway Over One Year Period

MAY 15 2014 BY MARK KANE 6

Electric Highway

Electric Highway

We are entering a time in which every charging point network boasts of how much energy is being delivered or how many cumulative miles electric cars have gone courtesy of a charging network.

Ecotricity’s Electric Highway is no different and happily announces that over the last twelve months, electric cars traveled over one half million miles on juice from Electric Highway charging points.

“The Electric Highway, Ecotricity’s national network of electricity pumps for electric cars,and the biggest network in Britain, has grown rapidly in reach over the last year and by the end of this year there will be an Electric Highway pump at every motorway services in Britain.”

There are ~ 110 charging points in the Electric Highway network and probably most of them are dual output ones with 50 kW DC (CHAdeMO plug) and 43 kW 3-phase AC (Type 2 plug).

Interesting is that in another twelve months, the Electric Highway is expected to deliver energy for one million miles.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and the Electric Highway, stated:

“The Electric Highway has grown remarkably over the last twelve months – we’ve powered over half a million miles of electric travel in that time, and while that is a drop in the ocean of road travel at the moment, we’ll reach a million miles a year of clean driving in the next twelve months – and that’s only going to increase sharply.”

“Petrol prices are on the rise again with the events in Ukraine about to add another couple of pence per litre – one of the great strengths of electric driving is that we can power our cars from the energy we make in this country. Energy independence for British transport will mean we won’t be at the mercy of external events and the inexorable rise of fuel prices.”

“The energy provided by the Electric Highway is 100% green – and that’s important. It’s not just about going electric – it’s about ensuring that electricity comes from renewable sources. The transport sector is the second biggest source of the carbon emissions that cause climate change, so a shift to electric cars is not just the right decision economically, it’s an environmental necessity, too.”

Soon, Ecotricity’s Electric Highway will have fast chargers with three plug standards (the third is the European version of Combo used by BMW and VW). But equally good news is that the number of chargers at each location will double.

“Ecotricity’s Electric Highway has already begun rolling out new technology this year to ensure the network caters for all three standards of electric charging – meaning new models from BMW and VW will also be able to use the network – and is also doubling the number of chargers at each location to accommodate increasing demand.”

Vince continued:

“It’s still early days for electric cars in Britain. There has been a bit of a chicken and eggs situation – the lack of charging infrastructure put people off buying electric cars, but the infrastructure wasn’t being built because there weren’t enough vehicles on the road.”

“The Electric Highway has addressed the infrastructure gap. Car manufacturers are producing exciting new models, increasing choice. And as we have seen over the last week, Government support for the sector is continuing. Those three things are all pulling in the same direction, meaning it’s an exciting for the electric car market.”

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Over in the UK they don’t think it is rude or self-defeating to mention climate change in conjunction with EVs.

Rather to the contrary, the founder of UK’s Electric Highway makes sure to highlight the connection. Of the 3 EV motivations he cites (fuel cost, energy independence, climate change), the latter gets the most attention and serves as the punch line.

Just sayin’…

As to the project itself, can we please have something like this for non-Tesla BEVs anytime soon? The Nissan dealership based L3 network is poorly located and has limited access. All the others combined are a pittance vs. the UK system.

I am surprised that their AC has the whooping 43 KW, somehow I thought its max is at least half of this.

The UK is less influenced by the US Conservative Media Agenda to spread as much FUD concerning Climate Change to stall any progress adressing it. Corporations LOVE ignoring things that might cost them more money… At least in the immediate short term

Be greatful the EU does not have to endure the likes of the Koch Brothers and their ilk.

I was over in the US recently and found that it is really becoming obvious in the rapidly approaching end of oil era that:

A) the existing infrastructure is to a great extent unusable without cars (walking is impossible in many areas) and fitness levels alone speak against short term lowered cat use for many people.
B) the reverberating denialism on Anthropogenic Global Warming is so strong that it’ll take a generation to reverse. Even worse,
c) the International Energy agency claims it’ll take 30 years to install globally the infrastructure for a post hydrocarbon world. So “behind the curve” does not even cover it.

My heart bleeds for the great population of America, who seem to be real prisoners of the culture. Of course nowhere on earth is free of its cultural biases but it seems, at least for now, that the EU has benefitted from the proximity of multiple nations to even out the singular view that can arise. Let’s see how long that continues…

As an American who has never left North America, I agree with you. I have never seen Europe first-hand, but it kills me how dependent we are on cars. Our infrastructure isn’t just built to support cars, it is build to suppress anything else. I try to ride my bike to work when the weather cooperates, but many (most) of my coworkers would literally be putting their lives on the line to do the same. The streets are just that unfriendly to anything that isn’t a 1.5 ton steel cocoon.

@Ben, I’d be less pessimistic than that. As a case in point, see American opinions on gay marriage. When San Francisco legalized gay marriage in 2004, the Democratic party ran away from this like the plague, while Bush and the Republicans in a tough re-election campaign, seized the issue and capitalized on it. In 2008, voters in California – flagship for liberal America and for gay rights in particular – enacted a constitutional amendment that excludes gay marriage. Now, 6 years later, the tide has almost completely turned in the other direction. And there was no massive external event to trigger the change (except perhaps President Obama’s public change of heart about it). I don’t see the global warming opinions in the US as “baked-in”, and if you look at decade-plus trends you’ll see that it’s been quite volatile. Currently, there’s been a 6-year scorched-earth campaign in conservative circles, rallying around the refusal to accept Obama as a legitimate President, and a knee-jerk rejection of anything he touches. Since Obama for all his faults, is the most pro-environment President since Carter (everything’s relative, man), that included a reflexive return to the most anti-environmentalist positions possible. So at least three dynamics… Read more »