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EV public charging points announced for North East

Date: 03 March 2011

Electric charging firm Elektromotive has announced it will install eight publicly accessible high-speed charging units for electric vehicles in north east England as part of an initiative led by the One North East regional development agency to install more than 1000 charging stations across the region within the next three years.

The first Rapid Charge Elektrobay has been installed at The Metro Centre, Gateshead. With a direct current of 50kW, it can charge the battery of a compatible EV - such as a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi i-MiEV - to 80% of its capacity in just 20 minutes, compared to around seven hours if using a conventional domestic power supply.

One North East is also looking for more locations to install the charging units - these should be easily accessible and close to main roads and conurbations where they will be of most use to drivers wishing to recharge their vehicles. Elektromotive said any business or organisation located on or near the major trunk roads and spine roads in the North East are invited to put themselves forward.

"Reducing battery charging times is crucial to a successful adoption of EVs," said Calvey Taylor-Haw, Elektromotive managing director. "We co-developed the Rapid Charge Elektrobay to quickly extend a vehicle's range. This will help reduce range anxiety, which has the potential to undermine demand for EVs.

"While battery manufacturers continue their efforts to increase range, the Rapid Charge Elektrobay offers an immediate solution for owners of the new EVs that are compatible with this charging technology."

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