Across UK in a Tesla, Free Charging, and an Electric Rolls Royce (Video)
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When we last checked out Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged show, he was taking yet another electric sports car for a spin, and checking out a battery-powered dragster. This time around he's talking to a pair of EV advocates who are driving across Britain, and installing charing points so they can do it. He also gets to check out a prototype electric Rolls Royce, and the forthcoming plug-in hybrid Vauxhall Ampera too!
Talking to David Peilow and Kevin Sharpe of the non-profit Zero Carbon World, we hear how the pair are making the 900 mile journey from John O'Groats in Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall, charging up as they go at facilities where they have donated charging infrastructure that will—they hope—be made available free of charge to the public. The entire project cost $20,000 to install charging points across the length of the country, although I can't find figures on how many units that entails. (Zero Carbon World is also behind the Open Charge Map project, which is looking to provide a database of charging points across the Globe.)
Llewellyn also gets to go for a short spin in a prototype electric Rolls Royce, which seems to purr along nicely, and the forthcoming plug-in hybrid Vauxhall Ampera which is due to hit the UK market in 2012.
What with London's massive expansion of electric car charging facilities underway, Britain looks like being a hotspot for electric vehicle adoption in the coming years. And I suspect Llewellyn will be there every step of the way to document progress.
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