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Electric car attempts London-to-Edinburgh in a day

Actor Robert Llewellyn is driving an electric car from London to Edinburgh to try to prove the journey is now possible inside a day.

He and co-driver David Peilow aim to cover the 400 miles (650km) or so to Edinburgh Castle by 1930 GMT today.

They set off in a Nissan Leaf from Marble Arch at 0630, and will use public charge points en route.

Just three years ago, when I attempted the same journey in an electric Mini, it took four days.
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I think the fact that it is now even theoretically possible is a big step”

Robert Llewellyn Actor and electric car enthuusiast

But, as predicted then, the technology has moved on significantly.

“I think the fact that it is now even theoretically possible is a big step. As we know, only three years ago it was incredibly hard unless you had a £100,000 car,” said Mr Llewellyn.

He and Mr Peilow will be able to take advantage of rapid chargers, which top up the battery to 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes.

When I stopped at charge points three years ago, the process took up to six hours.

But now the turnaround is much faster.
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