It means the UK is the first country to offer such a service, and it should lead to the further investment and technological developments for electric vehicles.
Welcome Break's power outlets offer two socket types - a three-pin for 13A current supply (which has a recharge time of 12 hours) and a seven-pin socket for a higher 32A supply (which means a charge can be administered within 20 minutes and a full charge in just one hour).
The price of electric cars is currently cost prohibitive for many but such initiatives could be key to brining the prices of electric cars down. The UK government is also to offer subsidies of up to £5,000 to boost electric car sales or plug-in hybrid vehicles.
There are currently 2,000 electric cars on the UK's roads but there is a growing waiting list. The government aims to have 8,000 recharge points across the UK by 2013. Our question is do any of the readers of Permaculture have an electric or hybrid car and what advantages are you seeing?
There are of course questions about the green credentials of these vehicles, but with Ecotricity and Welcome Break jumping on board we could be set to see some big steps forward in electric transport.