The new Transport Secretary has confirmed that the government will add another £2.5 million in order to fund and install more than 1,000 new chargepoints.
Grant Shapps said the funding will support the on-street residential chargepoint scheme which launched two years ago, giving people access to charging infrastructure closer to home when they don’t have off-street parking.
This investment in chargepoints will assist local authorities, who will install the electric vehicle charging infrastructure into structures including lampposts.
It will help in the move towards electric vehicles by improving convenience for charging; given the fact that battery electric vehicles enjoyed a huge rise in July, it is clear that now more than ever, chargepoints must be put in place.
Now more than a year since the Road to Zero Strategy, the government continues to invest in charging infrastructure; to mark the anniversary, £37 million was committed to electric infrastructure.
And now, even further money is being moved into this direction; already this year, 16 local authorities have prepared to install 1,200 chargepoints.
Funding is now being doubled to meet the growing demand while also encouraging further take-up of electric vehicles, in anticipation of making the UK net-zero in terms of emissions by 2050.
It is increasingly important given the issues surrounding air quality.
Grant Shapps, new Transport Secretary, described the work so far as “fantastic,” but said the growing availability of chargepoints is “vital.”
He said: “It’s fantastic that there are now more than 20,000 publicly accessible chargepoints and double the number of electric vehicle chargepoints than petrol stations, but we want to do much more.
“It’s vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of chargepoints 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.”