Does the electric car revolution depend on public charging points? That's the question being asked as a new recharging network is set to open.

This article titled “The chicken and egg challenge facing electric cars” was written by Adam Vaughan, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 20th July 2011 06.00 UTC

What came first, the electric car or the charging post? That's the chicken and egg question that people have been asking for years and – with most electric car batteries limited to roughly 100 mile ranges – have generally answered with the latter.

Fortunately, charging points are cropping up all over the place, from supermarkets and NCP car parks to roadsides. This Wednesday, electric car charging firm Chargemaster said that it would open a private network of 4,000 total points across 100 cities, dubbed ‘POLAR', by the end of 2012. London's public network increased to 400 points last month, and will eventually be increased to 1,300 by 2013.

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