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Pan-European charging network reaches UK and Ireland

Operated by utility companies Ecotricity in Great Britain and ESB in Northern Ireland, the €7.4m (£5.8m) Rapid Charge Network comprises 74 units and spans around 680 miles of major routes and was part-funded by the European Union, with help from BMW, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen.

Designed to enable international travel using electric vehicles, the units offer an 80% top-up in around half an hour, and the network is specifically designed to connect transport hubs such as airports and ferry ports.

It forms part of the wider €26.3m (£20.7m) Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) project, which includes a route through Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bavaria and Zagreb, another through France, and a fourth which links Denmark, Sweden and Germany.

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