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Europe: Super motorways to have charging stations for electric cars to encourage more people to switch to battery-powered vehicles

Elon Musk, owner of electric car-maker Tesla, building charging stations
Plans to cover M25, and parts of M20, M4, M1 and M6 by end of year
Network to stretch to stretch across Europe, from Norway to Spain

By Tom Kelly

Published: 19:01 EST, 18 May 2014 | Updated: 09:15 EST, 19 May 2014

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Elon Musk (right) will install the stations along the M20 from London to Dover, across the entire M25, along the M4 from London to Bristol and the M1 and M6 to Manchester via Birmingham
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Elon Musk (right) will install the stations along the M20 from London to Dover, across the entire M25, along the M4 from London to Bristol and the M1 and M6 to Manchester via Birmingham

Motorways are to become ‘electric superhighways’ in an attempt to persuade drivers to switch to battery-powered cars.

‘Supercharging stations’ are to be installed on several major roads by the end of the year, enabling electric cars to travel across the country in one trip for the first time.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is fitting the devices, which can charge the Tesla electric cars his company makes in 20 minutes, giving a range of 130 miles.

This is far faster than most current electric cars, which often require overnight charging and have a range of under 100 miles.

It means electric car owners will be able to drive large distances across Britain without concerns about running out of power, known as ‘range anxiety’.
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