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First photos: free London street chargers for electric cars

Posted Sep 13 2008 1:04am

Cycling to town today to meet ladies from Mexico's fantastic Sierra Gorda national park, I came across this crazy sight: electric cars topping up at kerb-side charging stations. Plonked in Covent Garden, there are a pair of the stations - the first in London outside a car park - which anyone driving a G-Wiz, Vectrix bike or an electric Smart (the EV, out Feb 07) can use to charge up their batteries. The two new charging stations are free to use but limited to three hours per car, to deter hogs. If you've got an electric motor and fancy some free fuel, you just need to contact Westminster Council to get a key for the stations. Oh, and for extra smug points, yes, the parking's free and electric drivers don't have to pay the congestion charge. Two more photos after the click-through.

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