Ecotricity charging network

Ecotricity charging network

IKEA recently announced that will be first retailer in UK to have electric vehicle rapid chargers at all its stores by December 2013.

All means 17. And all will be free for all customers, while energy comes all from 100% "green" electricity.

The Swedish home furnishing retailer is working with Nissan and green energy provider Ecotricity.

The press release repeatedly stresses that the charging points will be compatible with Nissan LEAF, so CHAdeMO standard is obligatory. No word on other outputs types, but in the image we see a 3-phase AC plug for Renault ZOE.

Joanna Yarrow, Head of Sustainability IKEA UK and Ireland, commented:

“At IKEA we believe Electric Vehicles have a significant part to play in a more sustainable future. We know that our customers want to live more sustainably and that extends to how they get to and from our stores. By installing more charging points and strengthening the infrastructure nationally, we believe we can start to tackle one of the major barriers to using electric cars which is the fear of not finding a convenient place to charge the car.”

IKEA chargers will be part of the Ecotricity's Electric Highway. Nissan alone has already installed 97 rapid chargers across the UK.

Jim Wright, managing director of Nissan Motor GB stated:

“Growing the rapid charging network in the UK is absolutely crucial to the uptake of zero emission vehicles. “Nissan pioneered the electric vehicle market with the introduction of its best-selling LEAF, and now we are working hard to lead the way with the UK’s rapid charging network. We are delighted to be at the helm of a joint venture with Ecotricity and IKEA that will see more free-to-use rapid chargers go online, enabling thousands more motorists to enjoy all-electric mobility.”

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, remarked:

“The Electric Highway is fast becoming vital to the electric car revolution. We began by installing fast-chargers on core motorways to enable electric vehicles to be driven on long journeys, and we are now including key destinations, of which IKEA are the first. Our vision is to be able to travel the length and breadth of the country in an electric car.”