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Ikea to install charging points at all UK stores

Date: 27 November 2013   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

Furniture chain Ikea is to install electric car rapid charging points in 18 of its store car parks by December and will be rolling them out to the rest of its UK stores by the end of the same month.

The move is part of a tie-up with Nissan and green energy firm Ecotricity, which aims to establish more charging points around the country particularly in large car parks and motorway service stations.

The points will be capable of providing an 80% charge for a typical EV in half an hour.

Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability Ikea UK and Ireland, said: "We believe electric vehicles have a significant part to play in a more sustainable future.  

"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."