OWNERS of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles have been able to enjoy free charging on Ecotricity’s ‘Electric Highway’ since 2011, but that’s about to change.
Over the period 11 July to 5 August, Ecotricity will be upgrading its nationwide network of 300 electricity ‘pumps’ at motorway service stations, airports and IKEA stores, and implementing a flat fee of £5 for a 20 minute charge – broadly equivalent to a gallon of diesel or petrol.
The charge will be instituted from Monday 11 July and during the transition period, drivers will need their old swipe card for pumps that are yet to be upgraded and the Ecotricity Electric Highway app for the updated ones – eventually requiring the app to charge your car.
Furthermore, charging sessions will now be capped at 20 minutes. Though you can chain sessions together for a longer charge period, you’ll need to manually restart the charging process and pay anew each time.
Customers who use Ecotricity energy for their home energy will be exempt from the fee, alongside getting a discount on their home energy bill for electric car ownership.
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