The government marked the one-year anniversary of the Road to Zero strategy by announcing a £37 million investment in the transformation of electric chargepoint infrastructure.
Last summer, the Department for Transport (DfT) signalled its intent to put Britain at the forefront of greener transport by setting a target of 40% of new van sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030.
If this target is to be realised, chargepoint infrastructure will be vital and the investment from DfT will go towards British engineering in order to transform this infrastructure, revolutionising the experience for the record number of drivers and fleets that use ultra-low emission vehicles.
In total, 12 projects will receive a share of the funding, supporting a number of innovations that will mean electric vehicles in the future can be charged without the need to plug in a cable.
These innovations will be crucial in the uptake of electric vehicles – for businesses, fleet operators and other owners alike – building on the good work of the Road to Zero strategy which has driven a 60% increase in battery electric vehicle registrations this year in comparison to the same stage of 2018.
Michael Ellis, future of Mobility Minister, commented: “We’re charging up the transport revolution and investing in technologies to transform the experience for electric vehicle drivers.
“Ensuring the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is reliable and innovative is encouraging more people to join the record numbers of ultra-low emission vehicle users already on UK roads.”
There are a number of projects that will receive funding; as part of the £37 million funding, £3 million will go to Urban Foresight, who will work with Urban Electric to demonstrate ‘pop-up’ changing hubs, which will be built into the pavement to provide a safe and cheap chargepoint infrastructure solution for electric vehicle drivers without access to off-street parking.
Other innovations include a renovation project to install chargepoints in car parks to allow for mass charging at night.