Electric car boost - UK government doubles funding for on-street charging

THE Government has doubled its funding for on-street electric car charging which could make owning an EV easier and more accessible.

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The Government has invested £2.5 million more in electric car charge points (Image: GETTY)

Charging infrastructure for electric cars is one of the biggest things holding drivers back from switching to them. While the network of charging points for drivers on the go is steadily growing across the country, home charge points are still limited. It has previously been suggested that most charging of electric cars will take place at home, typically overnight. While this is fine for motorists who have off-road parking in garage or driveway, it is not something available for motorists who don’t have this luxury.

The government funding into on-street electric car charging could help make the prospect of owning an EV as more realistic and appealing.

An additional £2.5 million to fund the installation of over 1,000 new charge points, has been announced.

The money will go towards local authorities to install these charge points, which can be installed into lampposts.

There is also the aim to encourage more motorists to make the switch to battery electric vehicles. The scheme has previously seen 16 local authorities prepared to install 1,200 charge points this year.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “It’s fantastic that there are now more than 20,000 publicly accessible charge points and double the number of electric vehicle charge points than petrol stations, but we want to do much more.

“It’s vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of charge points near their homes, and that charging an electric car is seen as easy as plugging in a smartphone.

“That’s why we are now doubling the funding available for local authorities to continue building the infrastructure we need to super-charge the zero-emission revolution – right across the country.”

The allocation of funding for on-street residential charge points is part of the £1.5 billion investment underpinned by the Road to Zero Strategy.