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Motorway service stations are ‘lagging behind badly’ on electric charging stations

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Specialists have warned motorway services are the “one part” of the road network which is behind on charging infrastructure. They warned this could catch out those on a “long journey” especially as restrictions ease next week.

The DfT says a driver is no more than 25 miles from a rapid chargepoint anywhere along the UK’s motorways and major A roads.

The Government has committed to provide £1.3billion over the next four years to a wider support package.

This would continue the roll-out of chargepoints with a specific focus on motorways and A roads.

Just days ago, Moto, the leading provider of moray service areas in the UK announced a massive electric charging upgrade in a new £40million investment in its Rugby Services.

He said: “Moto is a founding partner of the Electric Highway and this is our first ultra-rapid installation, which comes at a tipping point in the adoption of electric vehicles.

“The installation comes at the beginning of a new partnership with GRIDSERVE, which kickstarts a comprehensive programme where these installations will become ubiquitous across all Moto services, helping to make the experience of using an electric car no different to using a fossil-powered one.”

The Department for Transport has said it will ensure there are at least six high powered electric chargepoints at every motorway service station in 2023.

The DfT said there will be 2,500 charges across the Highways England network by 2030.

This is expected to rise to 6,000 by 2035 as more drivers demand electric charging infrastructure.

The DfT said larger service stations will have up to 12 charging points which will provide speeds of up to 350kW to charge cars within minutes.

The charge points should be available 99 percent of the time with drivers able to access 24/7 customer service support.

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