UK EV drivers set for £20 million boost

Investment will improve EV charge point infrastructure

Electric Vehicle drivers in the UK are set for a £20 million boost from Government and industry funding. Announced on the 24th of August, drivers will have better access to electric charge points across the country.

The new charge points will be located in Dorset, Durham, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Kent, Barnet, North Yorkshire, and Warrington. The improved network will include on-street charge points, as well as standard “petrol station” style charging stations. The new scheme will support the government’s plan for net zero and will hopefully encourage more drivers to make the switch to electric. Using an electric car has many benefits including cheaper running costs, cleaner air, and less of an impact on the environment.

The scheme is supported by £10m of government funding, with an additional £9m in private cash. A further £1.9m will come from public funds across the local authorities.

Decarbonisation minister Trudy Harrison said: “We want to expand and grow our world-leading network of EV charge points, making it even easier for those without driveways to charge their electric vehicles.

“This scheme will help to level up electric vehicle infrastructure across the country, so that everyone can benefit from healthier neighbourhoods and cleaner air.”

AA president Edmund King said: “It is essential that more on-street chargers are delivered to boost the transition to zero-emission vehicles for those without home charging.”

With a vast number of the UK’s population living in homes that do not have driveways, the new on-street charge points will be a welcome inclusion to the scheme. The investment will also improve EV drivers’ confidence in the EV charging network, reducing the risk of running out of charge on long journeys.

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