In a sign of the changing times, an energy company logo will this month appear on motorway signs for the first time – showing electric car drivers at which services they can charge up.
Ecotricity, whose Electric Highway is the most comprehensive car charging network in Europe, and whose 260 ‘Ecotricity Pumps’ cover almost the entire motorway network, will appear on Roadchef signs from this week alongside such household names as WH Smith, McDonald’s and Costa.
German politicians and auto executives will discuss creating incentives worth up to 5,000 euros ($5,500) to boost sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, said Horst Seehofer, a senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Germany has set itself a goal of bringing 1 million electric cars onto its roads by 2020, but has so far made little progress in encouraging drivers to switch
Volvo will shift production of the V60 model line to its factory Ghent, Belgium, from Sweden starting in early 2017.
The move will free up capacity at Volvo’s main plant in Torslanda, near Gothenburg, for new additions such as the S90 and V90 as well as the strong-selling XC90 flagship SUV.