Funding boost for electric chargepoints

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Published on 2 February 2021 by Mike Waters

The government has announced that extra funding is being provided to boost efforts to install on-street chargepoints for electric vehicles.  

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP confirmed that an additional £20 million is being made available to local authorities to help them benefit from the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), which sees electric vehicle charging stations installed in residential areas to allow people to charge electric vehicles without the need to park privately.  

statement by the Department for Transport noted that: “Since its inception in 2017, more than 140 local authority projects have benefitted from the scheme, which has supported applications for nearly 4,000 chargepoints across the UK. This funding boost could double that, adding nearly 4,000 more chargepoints in our towns and cities, tackling poor air quality and supporting economic growth as we build back greener from the pandemic.” 

Welcoming the announcement, senior programme manager at Energy Saving Trust Nick Harvey said: “The confirmation of £20 million of funding for the ORCS in 2021/22 is great news. This funding will allow local authorities to install convenient and cost-effective electric vehicle charging infrastructure for those who rely on on-street parking. This helps to support the fair transition to the increased adoption of low carbon transport. We’re therefore encouraging local authorities to access this funding as part of their plans to decarbonise transport and improve local air quality.” 

BMF Motorcycle Rider has given thought to what the future might hold for electric motorcycles and you can read an interesting feature on that topic here 

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