It’s time to put EVs on the map: Nissan in call for charging point signs

Time 10:49 am, October 22, 2015

THE government has been urged to introduce official road signage for the UK’s growing number of electric vehicle charging points.

Despite there being more than 9,000 EV charging points nationwide, there is still no official, recognisable signage to direct motorists to them.

The call has come from Nissan, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling EV, the Leaf, and Ecotricity, who operate Europe’s biggest and most comprehensive rapid-charging network.

The companies claim the time is right for the introduction of universal symbols that can be used to designate the different types of EV charging points dotted around the UK.

James Wright, managing director, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, explained: ‘We believe that all-electric driving offers a number of benefits to UK motorists and should be made accessible to all.

‘That is why we have partnered with Ecotricity to call on the Government to give electric vehicles the prominence they now deserve.’

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said: ‘Both the cars and the infrastructure are in place to support the electric car revolution in Britain – there are Electric Highway pumps at almost every motorway service area, while companies like Nissan are developing top-quality electric cars.

‘It’s time to introduce charging point road signs in Britain.’

Nissan’s current electric vehicle line-up includes the Leaf and the e-NV200 van. To date, Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 owners have covered more than a billion all-electric miles.

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