Welcome Break’s South Mimms services on the Junction of the M1 and M25 has become the first site on the motorway to offer an electric car-charging point for electric vehicles.

The ’top-up zone’ at South Mimms is part of Ecotricity’s first installation phase of a national motorway network of electric car-charging points, which will see points at 12 Welcome Break sites by September. Each post will be located outside the main entrance, with two sockets that can be accessed by registering for a free swipecard, and within 18 months all 27 Welcome Break motorway services will have charging points.

Every charging post will be powered with 100% green energy made at Ecotricity’s wind and solar parks across the UK, and means that electric vehicles will be able to drive from London to Edinburgh or Exeter completely free and with vastly reduced emissions.