Government pledges to double the funding for electric car chargepoints
An extra £2.5 million will be provided by the government in plans to double the funding for on-street electric car charging facilities.
According to transport secretary Grant Shapps, the added funding will pay for local authorities to install an additional 1,000 charging points on residential roads up and down the UK.
The on-street residential chargepoint scheme was launched in 2017. Sixteen local authorities had previously signed up to the plan which intends to install 1,200 chargepoints this year.
The chargepoints can be built into existing structures such as lampposts, and they are designed to provide access to charging facilities near to the homes of people who do not have off-street parking.
“The success of the UK’s electric vehicle revolution hinges on access to charging infrastructure, and many neighbourhoods so far feel disconnected.”
– Jack Cousens, AA
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has published data showing that 14,200 pure-electric new cars were bought during the first seven months of 2019. This figure is up 71% on the same period in 2018, and these vehicles now make up 1% of the new car market.
Industry experts have spoken out on the lack of chargepoints, stating that the demand for pure-electric cars may fall unless the charging infrastructure is improved.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps 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.”
Jack Cousens, the head of roads policy at the AA, said: “The success of the UK’s electric vehicle revolution hinges on access to charging infrastructure, and many neighbourhoods so far feel disconnected. This announcement is therefore very welcome news but there is still a long way to go.”