To kickstart Britain’s electric car revolution!
Before the Electric Highway, people didn’t buy electric cars because of the lack of charging facilities. And people didn’t build charging facilities because not enough people bought electric cars. Classic chicken and egg stuff.
Another barrier to the faster take up of electric cars was something called ‘range anxiety’ – the fear of running out of juice when travelling any serious kind of distance.
This is where our Electric Highway comes in – Britain’s first and biggest national network of electricity pumps, our mission is to make it easier for electric vehicle owners to make long distance journeys – to help make EVs the logical choice for Britain’s drivers.
Because that’s where electricity pumps are most needed.
Before the Electric Highway, the big focus for charging facilities was towns and city centres – but that’s where they’re needed least.
You only need to look at car use statistics for the answer. The average car in Britain travels around 20 miles a day, a distance most modern electric cars can sustain for almost a week without needing to charge.
Most car owners have access to off-street parking (70 per cent apparently)and are able to charge at home at night.
So most cars don’t need to charge, most days. It’s longer journeys where charging is most needed.
As well as the motorway network, we’ve also installed electricity pumps at IKEA stores, Liverpool Airport (more airports to come), and are rolling out on strategic A roads.
Our electricity pumps cover all the charging protocols – have a look at our guides to charging your vehicle for more info.
It's free – just register for a swipe card on our website.
No, unfortunately not. But we’re looking at how to display electricity pumps are in use via our website in future.
If you haven't got a swipe card, complete a registration form and we’ll send you one in the post.
Check out our guides to charging here.
Use our Electric Highway map to find out where your nearest electricity pump is.
Check our Electric Highway map on our website.
The map is not live, but it’s as close as we can make it at the moment. If you have any queries, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01453 761455.
In most cases, if there are motorway services on both sides of the carriageway, there'll be a electricity pump at each. There are a few exceptions to this however, so please always check our online map before making your journey.
It takes up to 14 days for your card to arrive. If you still haven’t received it by then, please call Ecotricity customer services on 01453 761455 or ping us an email.
No, you can’t use your Electric Highway card on other networks. However, if you're a member of Source London, Source East, Plugged In Midlands or CYC you can use your card to access our electricity pumps. And we're working to extend this further in future.
At the moment we’re focused on helping electric car owners to get around the UK easily. This may change in future, but we’ve no plans to start charging for our electricity pumps right now.
Yes, we’ll add new electricity pumps as more people start driving electric vehicles. We’re doubling up points at many of our locations now.
At all motorway service areas car parking charges will apply as normal after the allocated free period. If you have any questions about how to pay for parking, please contact the motorway service area where you will be charging. If you need to stay longer please ask to speak to the site duty manager.
A Type 2 lead set allows you to connect your vehicle to a 7-Pin Mennekes socket – a standard socket at medium electricity pumps. The lead set usually has a connector on one end that connects from the inlet in your vehicle (usually either 5 pin or 7-pin) to the Mennekes 7-pin socket.
It depends on the make your vehicle – we suggest you ask the manufacturer. But if your cable doesn’t have a 7-pin connector that would plug into a 7-pin socket – it isn’t a Type 2 lead set.
We don’t recommend anywhere or anyone in particular. But it is pretty easy to get one online.