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UK government doubles funding for electric vehicle charging points

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Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced an extra £2.5 million is to pay for local authorities to install more than 1,000 additional charge points on residential roads. 

The new charge points are reportedly able to be built into existing structures such as lampposts, and are aimed at providing access to charging infrastructure near the homes of people without off-street parking.

The Independent reports that the extra money will support the on-street residential charge point scheme that was launched in 2017.

According to the DfT sixteen local authorities have previously signed up to the programme and plan to install 1,200 charge points this year.

Mr Shapps said in a statement, ‘It’s fantastic that there are now more than 20,000 publicly accessible charge points and double the number of electric vehicle charge points than petrol stations, but we want to do much more.’

‘It’s vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of charge points 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,’ he concluded.

 
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