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Electric Mini Cooper has to charge in Starbucks on highway after car charging stations stop working

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Fueled by caffeine! Electric Mini Cooper has to charge in Starbucks on highway after car charging stations stop working

  • The driver had attempted to use a Genie Point charge point while driving on the A1
  • But the points were broken and the car had to be charged at the Starbucks nearby
  • Andrew, who sent the photos to MailOnline, said he had ‘seen it all now’
  • This is because data showed that six percent of points were defective on any given day
  • This falls well short of the government’s target of 99 percent reliability

An electric Mini Cooper had to be charged at a Starbucks on the highway after car charging stations stopped working.

The car was supposed to be charged at a Genie Point charging station, but an error had occurred, so it had to be plugged in at the Starbucks front door instead.

Andrew, who sent the photos to MailOnline, said: ‘Customer service did it this afternoon at Starbucks on the A1 driving home from Heathrow.

“Car charger out of service and our ridiculous, planet-saving government is teaching us to go green…everyone in the parking lot is laughing…I’ve seen it all now…”

An electric Mini Cooper had to be charged at a Starbucks on the highway after the car’s charging stations stopped working

To get to the plug in the coffee shop, the Mini Cooper had to park on the sidewalk and between two poles.

Images also showed an extension cord going from inside the Starbucks to the front door to connect the car to the electrical supply.

Several warning signs were also lined up to cover the cable.

MailOnline reached out to Starbucks and Genie Point for comment.

The car was supposed to be charged at a Genie Point charging point but they weren't working so it had to be plugged in at the Starbucks front door

The car was supposed to be charged at a Genie Point charging point but they weren’t working so it had to be plugged in at the Starbucks front door

This is because data from the Zapp App electric car app showed that in a single day sampled in February, nearly six percent of the total number of electric car charging stations in the UK were out of order and out of service.

This figure was far from the government’s 99% confidence target.

In May, MailOnline revealed exclusively that the roll-out of electric car chargers in the UK had stalled, and that the government would not meet its target unless monthly installations were ramped up.

To get to the plug in the coffee shop, the Mini Cooper had to park on the sidewalk and between two poles

To get to the plug in the coffee shop, the Mini Cooper had to park on the sidewalk and between two poles

A total of 2,448 electric car chargers were installed between October 1 last year and January 1, but in the first three months of this year, that had slowed to 1,915.

Despite the glaring numbers, the Department for Transport (DfT) insisted its rollout was “accelerating,” citing data that more than 1,000 charge points were installed from April to May.

While an increase from the quarterly monthly average, that was still a long way from the desired target rate, which would require a triple jump.

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