The owner of one of the largest electric vehicle fast-charger networks in Europe, Ecotricity (the owner of the Electric Highway), is now campaigning for the UK government to create official road signage for charging stations, according to recent reports.
The UK company’s push is being backed by Nissan Motors, the creator of the popular LEAF electric vehicle (EV) — unsurprisingly, as Nissan LEAFs are now getting fairly popular in some parts of the UK, so why not make finding a charging station easier?
Given that there are now over 9,000 EV charging spots in the UK, the time does seem to be ripe to make some dedicated consistent signage.
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There is still no official, recognizable signage available to direct motorists to them — even though there are official signs for “migratory toad crossings”, of which there are only 140 across the UK.
Nissan and Ecotricity said the new UK Government should take action and raise awareness of the UK’s EV infrastructure by introducing universal symbols that can be used to designate the different types of EV charging points available on Britain’s roadways, notably standard and rapid chargers. The campaign will be calling on key influencers in the motoring and sustainability sector to share their views on the UK’s electric vehicle charging network in order to encourage the Department for Transport and Office for Low Emission Vehicles to take action.
As a side note to this — Ecotricity recently stated that members of the its Electric Highway had altogether now driven over 15 million miles. Pretty impressive considering that the network was only opened in 2011.