The Electric Highway public charging network is run by energy company Ecotricity and covers the UK’s motorway network, with points at service stations across Britain.
The network requires users to register their account details via a smartphone app, which is then used to control the charging process. There is a simple pricing structure using a connection fee and then price per unit of electricity used, though there are a few exceptions.
Non-rapid 22kW fast chargers are available at certain locations which are accessed via RFID card and are free to use.
How much does the Ecotricity network cost?
Membership cost: Free to register
Cost per charge:£3 connection fee
17p per kWh used
No Cost for 22kW Type 2 units
Rapid charging at IKEA points refunded in store with £6 discount off purchases
Ecotricity energy customers pay no connection fee once previous allocation of
52 free rapid charges per year as part of their home tariff is used up or they complete a year as a customer, whichever is first
How to use the Ecotricity network
Access to the Electric Highway network is via either the smartphone app or RFID card. Rapid points use the app to begin the charging process, with free WiFi at each unit to ensure smartphone connection is possible.
Fast chargers are accessed via the RFID card – a legacy access type before Ecotricity introduced an app-based payment system. Cards can be requested from the network operator.
Finding Ecotricity points on Zap-Map
All Electric Highway points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points available to use by Electric Highway customers.
Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.
Accessing points on other networks
Set up in 2011, the Electric Highway is Ecotricity’s way to encourage the switch to greener motoring. With rapid charge points at almost every motorway service station, the coverage of Britain’s major network is now expanding to include major A roads too.
With almost 300 Ecotricity charge points on Zap-Map, there are around 640 connectors available for network customers to use. The Stroud-based company has the greatest network coverage on Britain’s trunk roads, with the Electric Highway an almost essential element of long-distance EV-ing.