Additional £2.5m of funding announced, as new Transport Secretary Grant Shapps declares that he wants electric cars to be ‘normal rather than the exception’ The government has today announced a modest funding boost to its electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure plans, releasing an additional £2.5m to support the installation of over 1,000 new on street public charge points. The new funding doubles the size of the on-street residential chargepoint scheme , which was launched in 2017 and provides councils with financial support for installing charge points in areas where residents do not have access to off-street parking. Studies have shown the majority of EV owners tend to re-charge their cars at home, but this creates challenges for those who do not have access to off street parking and are unable to take advantage of the various offers from energy companies to install domestic charge points. Consequently a number of councils have taken steps to accelerate the roll out of on-street chargers, including installations that integrate with existing streetlights. To date the government’s on-street charger fund has helped 16 local authorities take steps to install 1,200 charge points this year. Newly appointed Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the doubling of the […]

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