4. Charging On-Route: (medium and long range journeys)
Motorway and trunk Road Service Stations
For high mileage long journeys we rely on the trunk road and motorway service station network for refuelling.
Providers: The large fuel retailers who own these sites are prime targets for charging point providers, who by 2017 had already equipped 95% of these locations with rapid charge points (Which deliver up to an 80% charge up in 20 minutes). Large fuel retailers can expect government very soon (via the mandate of Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill) to require service stations to increase this service provision.
Existing Petrol Stations
There will be local petrol stations in the existing network that will be well placed close to local travel hubs and able to make the transition from supplying petroleum to Electric Vehicle charging.
Providers: Commercial forces upon the individual station owners will determine where this charging will emerge.
In addition to the above provision Devon County Council have launched a scheme to identify and fill any gaps (distances greater than 20 miles) in the major trunk road service station network across the county. Devon County Council will be applying for funding to deliver this scheme.