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The Electric Highway, Britain’s leading electric car charging network, will expand into London next year, with 30 new electricity pumps set to be installed on petrol station forecourts.

The move makes Ecotricity the largest rapid charging provider in the capital, with the electricity pumps placed at key commuter points across London to help bring the benefits of emission free electric driving to some of the country’s busiest roads.

The Ecotricity pumps will be installed on Motor Fuel Group’s (MFG) Shell, BP and Texaco branded service stations in the first half of 2018.

Jeremy Clarke, MFG’s chief operating officer, said:

“We are delighted to be extending our fuel offer to customers.  The growth of the electric and hybrid vehicle market is an important part of the fuel mix going forward. MFG is determined to be at the forefront of this technology, satisfying this growing demand.”

The Electric Highway is the most popular charging network in the country by far, having powered almost 8 million miles so far this year, providing almost 1,300 MWh of electricity for drivers.

Dale Vince, the founder of Ecotricity and the Electric Highway, said:

“We began building the Electric Highway when there were almost no electric vehicles on the road, but we wanted to kickstart the revolution. Now there are around 40 models to choose from, falling prices and a growing number of drivers.”

“Having established the network on motorways where it was needed most, we are now moving into the major towns and cities on petrol station forecourts. The day is coming where charging an electric vehicle will be no different to what we’ve come to expect – just popping to a forecourt to refuel.”

The network was launched by Ecotricity in 2011 and has now powered almost 50 million miles of emission-free electric driving, all supplied by energy from the wind and the sun.