The first all-electric service station for cars opened in Britain on Monday as drivers increasingly turn to electrified vehicles.
The station in Essex, southeast England, is the first of 100 electric facilities that Gridserve and Hitachi Capital UK are planning and is part of a 1 billion-pound ($1.35 billion) program to roll out the stations across the country.
The station includes 36 rapid chargers powered only by renewable energy, Gridserve said in a statement.
The charging technology is among the fastest commercially available in Britain and can top up a battery with 200 miles (322 km) of capacity in 20 minutes, the company said.
Gridserve has updated "the traditional petrol station model for a net-zero carbon world and is delivering the confidence people need to make the switch to electric transport today -- a full decade ahead of the 2030 ban," said Toddington Harper, its founder and CEO.