Government announces boost for street EV charger funding

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Published on 21 January 2020 by Mike Waters

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that the government is to double funding for electric vehicle chargepoints on residential streets.

Speaking today (January 21), Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP confirmed that funding for next year’s installation programme would be doubled to £10 million, which could fund up to another 3,600 chargepoints. 

The government and a coalition of industry groups have supported the installation of more than 24,000 public chargepoints and the UK already has one of the largest charging networks in Europe. There are now more places where an electric vehicle can be charged in the UK than there are petrol stations. 

The DfT also confirmed that the government is investigating how to improve making more information about chargepoints available to the public, such as standardising information on power ratings and locations.

Commenting, Future of Transport Minister George Freeman MP said: “The new government is accelerating UK leadership in digitalisation and decarbonisation through our future of transport strategy. Supporting the smart use of open data for new apps to help passengers and drivers plan journeys, and to reduce congestion and pollution, is key. 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.”

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