Government to double funding for on-street electric car chargers

Government to double funding for on-street electric car chargers
Government to double funding for on-street electric car chargers

The Government has announced it is to double funding for residential EV chargers as it bids to make electric cars “the new normal”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that for 2021 the funding for on-street charging points will be doubled to £10m in an effort to make EV charging easier, cheaper and more convenient.

According to the Department of Transport, the funding could pay for up to 3,600 additional charging points for motorists who do not have an off-street parking space.

Grant Shapps 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 charge points on streets where people live and opening up data we are helping drivers easily locate and use affordable, reliable charge points whether at home or on the road.”

Growing adoption

Renault Zoe
It is hoped that improving charging infrastructure will speed up the adoption of EVs like the Renault Zoe (Photo: Renault)

According to the DfT, the Government and industry have supported the installation of more than 17,000 devices providing more than 24,000 publicly available charge points around the UK, including more than 2,400 rapid chargers.

Registrations of new EVs soared by 144 per cent in 2019 as diesel’s popularity collapses but they still represent a tiny fraction of the overall UK car market – 1.6 per cent.

Read more: 22 of the biggest electric cars going on sale in 2020

Simplified information

The Government also said it was examining how to make information on public chargers available in a single standard format.

The DfT is to look into how to collate and share real-time information including location, power ratings and whether a charger is currently in use that could be used navigation systems and travel apps.

Future of Transport Minister George Freeman said: ”Comprehensive chargepoint data is crucial for mapping charging hotspots and notspots for consumers, to help to drive forward the electric vehicle revolution.

“We urge local councils to make use of the funding available to ensure their residents feel the benefits of cleaner transport.”

The Government already has a registry of publicly-funded charging points, which was set up in 2011 but it is trying to encourage other public charging point providers to add relevant information about their locations to it.

This article first appeared on the Yorkshire Evening Post

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