Feb 19, 2018

National Grid plans electric car power network

National Grid is examining plans to install a fleet of superfast charging points for electric vehicles along Britain's motorways that would feed directly off the electricity transmission network. Superfast chargers could allay fears of electric car owners that they might run out of charge on a motorway, as well as helping to prevent any potential local power shortages. National Grid has mapped Britain's motorways and transmission networks and identified 50 strategic sites, said Graeme Cooper, project director of electric vehicles at the group. The grid infrastructure would cost between £500m and £1bn, or around 60p per driver per year if all motorists shouldered the cost, according to National Grid estimates. National Grid is already working with car company Nissan, maker of the Leaf electric car, on a project to test the potential of vehicles feeding power back into the grid.

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