Elektrobay, the electric vehicle charging post manufacturer, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with infrastructure specialists Vinci Energies Group that should help trigger the speedier and more widespread installation of recharging points for electric vehicles in Britain.
There are currently over 250 Elektrobay charging posts in the UK, with many more scheduled for 2010, but this deal should significantly accelerate the availability of power supplies for electric cars, whose numbers will increase markedly over the next few years.
Vinci Energies, a vastly larger organisation than Elektromotive with 33,000 employees, plan to establish what they believe will be the world's first fully-connected recharging infrastructure for pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
Taylor Calvey-Haw, CEO of Elektromotive, believes 'This is not only an exciting partnership for Elektromotive but is also, at last, a pivotal step in the deployment of a fully-operational and networked recharging infrastructure for electric cars. VINCI Energies has the leverage to accelerate the mass roll-out of public-access Elektrobays, plus home and workplace recharging on a mass scale - not just in the UK and Europe but also worldwide.'
The development comes both as Britain sees more local trials of electric vehicles, together with launch plans for a variety of electric cars and plug-in hybrids from mainstream manufacturers are readied for sale over the next two years.