Private EV Charging Network Debuts In UK

Soon, electric cars traveling throughout the United Kingdom will be able to pull over and charge up in an increasingly larger number of places

A company called Chargemaster announced last week recently it will launch POLAR – said to be first privately funded, nationwide electric vehicle charging network – in September.

image via Chargemaster

By the end of 2012, 100 towns and cities will have a total of 4,000 electric vehicle charging bays. The network will complement the Government’s Plugged in Places, which is currently in eight locations throughout the UK. Besides at the minimum enabling cars to use the latest Type 2 connectors providing a 7 kW fast charge, a portion of these chargers will be future forward compatible with “wireless charging” by using inductive charging

.In the next nine months, POLAR will be rolled out in 50 cities and towns including: Basingstoke, Bristol, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Crawley, Derby, Eastbourne, Exeter, Gloucester, Guildford, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Newbury, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Reading, Rochester, Slough, Staines Southend-on-Sea, St. Albans, Southampton, Swansea, Swindon, Taunton, Telford, Warwick and Wokingham.

Cost to access the POLAR charging network is a monthly membership subscription fee and 90 pence each time a charging unit is used. The charge provides up to 100 miles of driving, which would cost upwards of 20 Euros in petrol, by comparison.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.