Do trains dream of electric cars?

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Do trains dream of electric cars?


It's not often we can say hand on heart train companies make it easier for us to travel emission free. Southern Rail has listened to feedback and is updating 43 electric charging point around its network of 23 stations.

Alice Pritchard

Thu 2 Nov 2017

Free electricity comes to those who wait. And for anyone who owns an electric car you'll now be able to charge it quickly with state of the art charging facilities at each of the stations on Southern Rail's network.

The rail network has partnered with Pod Point who have supplied over 40,000 charging units to the UK so far and will monitor the 23 stations with an eye to rolling the project out further. The Open Charge points will be 7kW, which provide enough charge to power around 30 miles of range per hour. Each unit comes with twin sockets, which means two vehicles can be charged simultaneously.

“The data from the past year’s trial has not only told us that people are regularly using the charge points, but also that EV is a technology that is growing in demand and it is important for us to be able to offer facilities that cater to all of our passenger needs," said Colin Morris, Head of Safety and Environment at Govia Thameslink Railway.

"Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly common and we need to support those drivers, as well as encourage motorists to swap to ultra-low emission vehicles, which will benefit the environment.