Government to double funding for residential electric vehicle charge points
The government has announced that it will double its funding of residential, on-street electric vehicle (EV) charge points next year. This will see it add £10 million to install more charge points on residential streets, which could add a further 3,600 points across the UK.
This announcement came after the funding for the same purposes was doubled last year by £2.5 million.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also added that the government will make information from all public charge points available in a standard format. This means that real-time availability information and details on functionality could be incorporated into sat nav systems and route mapping applications.
“We want to make electric cars the new normal, and ensuring drivers have convenient places to charge is key to that.”
– Grant Shapps – Transport Secretary
In a previous statement released by the government, it stated that all new rapid charge points would also provide drivers with debit and credit card payment technology.
Shapps went on to confirm that the Department for Transport is planning to develop a roaming solution across the charging network. This new technology would allow drivers to use every public charging point through one single app or payment method, in a bid to make the lives of electric car owners easier.
Speaking about these plans, he 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.”
The government and the automotive industry have already supported the installation of more than 17,000 devices, which provide the public with over 24,000 charge points, of which some 2,400 are rapid charge points.
A recent study conducted by Nissan revealed that there are now more locations in the UK where you can charge your car than there are petrol stations. This outlines the nation’s progress in recent years, that has led to it having one of the largest charging networks in Europe.
“Standardising and increasing the amount of data available, alongside a simplified payment process, are additional, positive improvements which will be of huge benefit to motorists.”
– Sue Robinson – National Franchise Dealers Association
The director of the National Franchise Dealers Association (NFDA), Sue Robinson commented on these recent announcements saying: “It is encouraging to see that the Government has doubled the funding for residential street chargepoint recognising that charging an electric vehicle must be a convenient and simple process.
“We have been highlighting that a reliable and accessible charging infrastructure is key to ensure that larger numbers of motorists embrace EVs. As a result, further investment into the UK’s EV charging infrastructure is a positive move forward.
“Standardising and increasing the amount of data available, alongside a simplified payment process, are additional, positive improvements which will be of huge benefit to motorists.
“NFDA will continue to work closely with the Government and the relevant stakeholders to sustain the growth of the EV sector, particularly, through the development of our Electric vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation scheme following a very successful first year.”