The Nissan Leaf was launched in March this year as the UK's first family-size fully electric car. Capable of seating four people and offering a range of 100 miles, the Leaf can be charged via a standard plug socket or in 30 minutes at a quick charge station.

The proposed new network of charging points would half the cost of a fast charger, according to Nissan, and make it easier for journeys longer than 100 miles to be completed in a shorter time.

"We are confident that the Nissan LEAF's range will be enough to satisfy most drivers' daily needs. However, with a significant number of QCs (Quick Chargers) available across Europe, EV owners who need to drive longer distances will be able to do so with confidence, knowing they will be able to recharge no matter where they go, which we believe is essential for the mass adoption of EVs." says Toshiyuki Shiga Nissan COO.

Electric vehicle sales have been slow in the UK in 2011 with less than 500 sold despite the government offering a £5,000 discount on several of electric cars.

However, the introduction of the Vauxhall Ampera extended range electric vehicle, complete with a range of 350 miles thanks to a petrol extender, and the Renault Fluence saloon is expected to increase take up of the alternatively-fuelled cars.

Other electric vehicles set to arrive in the UK include the Renault Zoe supermini and, in 2013, the Ford Focus Electric, which will be a key rival for the Nissan Leaf.

Nissan hopes to install 'tens of thousands' of charging points across Europe by 2015, increasing the practicality of the electric car across the continent.

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