A company with the descriptive name of ChargeMaster has flipped switches on 150 new electric car charging stations, with plans to get another 300 online every month until some 4000 are dotted about the country by the end of 2012.
ChargeMaster's SOLAR charging stations are the first privately funded electric garage pods, joining just over 200 already-in-service car power stations around the country that are funded by public money.
In case you're doing the sums and considering buying one of the few new electric cars out there, ChargeMaster will charge its users as well -- £24.99 for a monthly membership fee, then 90p per charge.
They're going to need a huge change in public opinion in order to make a go of it, though -- only 680 electric car buyers applied for the government's £5000 grant during the first six months of 2011.
We may be about to see a terrible scenario unfold in which Jeremy Clarkson is actually right about something. [Guardian]