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UK: ‘Electric highway’ policy marks latest coalition U-turn

Network of charging points for electric cars would be ‘underutilised’ says report by Department for Transport

Juliette Jowit
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 30 June 2011 17.08 BST
Screengrab of Zap-Map showing UK charging point network for electric cars. Photograph: nextgreencar.com

The promised vision of a network of electric highways wired up for a fleet of battery-powered cars became the latest government pledge to fall victim to spending cuts.

A report published by theDepartment for Transport declared that widespread public charging points for electric vehicles would be “under-utilised and uneconomic”, and said the nation should instead rely on recharging car and van batteries at home or at work
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