The Transport Secretary has confirmed that funding for electric chargepoint installation has doubled to £10 million.
Grant Shapps made the decision to up the investment, which will make charging and driving an electric vehicle cheaper, and much more convenient in the future.
The funding for electric chargepoint installation will benefit residential streets next year, and new plans are being put in place to ensure drivers can access real-time information about places to charge their vehicles.
It is predicted that the plans to accelerate electric chargepoint installation could ultimately fund an extra 3,600 chargepoints across the country.
Mr Shapps said it is part of the plans to make people turn away from diesel and petrol cars.
He said: “We want to make electric cars the new normal, and ensuring drivers have convenient places to charge is key to that.
“By doubling funding again for chargepoints on streets where people live and opening up data, we are helping drivers easily locate and use affordable, reliable chargepoints whether at home or on the road.”
Already, the government and industry have supported the installation of in excess of 17,000 devices providing more than 24,000 publicly available chargepoints, 2,400 of which are rapid.
It means the UK now has one of Europe’s largest charging networks, with more locations than there are petrol stations.
Over the past year, additional funding has been put aside to pay for installation of chargepoints; the government and the previous Prime Minister are serious about improving pollution, with net zero targets outlined – something that many of the UK’s biggest cities have followed.
Future of Transport Minister, George Freeman, added: “The new government is accelerating UK leadership in digitalisation and decarbonisation through our future of transport strategy.
“We urge local councils to make use of the funding available to ensure their residents feel the benefits of cleaner transport.”