Mitsubishi criticises new fee for EV charges on UK motorways

July 14, 2016

Mitsubishi has criticised the introduction of a £6 fee for recharging electric vehicles on motorways, calling it a ‘retrograde step’.

Green energy firm Ecotricity, which provides a network of nearly 300 fast-chargers throughout the UK, has introduced the fee for 30 minutes charge in response to rocketing demand and congestion at some sites, which led to complaints.

There are concerns that the motorway charging network is being dominated by plug-in hybrid vehicles, which have a short electric-only range. Ecotricity says the core aim of the network is to support battery electric vehicles that have no alternative source of power.

A spokesman for Mitsubishi, which produces the Outlander PHEV that has sold 21,052 units in the UK in the past two years, said: “The decision to impose a fee hampers the promotion of electric miles. 

“Being able to cover the majority of journeys under electric power whilst having the security of a petrol engine as back up for longer trips is a key factor in [the Outlander’s] success.

“This announcement is more than disappointing - it seems to be a retrograde step not just for us but for the whole industry”. 

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