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Welsh government to make extra £2 million available for EV charging points

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The Welsh government is making an extra £2 million available to fund the establishment of an electric vehicle charging network. 

The charging points will be equipped with the latest technology, enabling them to power up a car within minutes instead of hours.

Currently available charging technologies range from regular electric sockets that take around 10 hours to charge up 30 kWh to 3-phase DC, which can do the same job in 15 minutes.

At the moment, there are 500 publicly accessible chraging points in Wales and an estimated 2,500 plug-in electric vehicles on the road.

Though that might seem like a small number, registrations for what are sometimes called “new-energy vehicles” increased by 35 per cent in 2017.

The upgraded and expanded Welsh EV charging network is expected to be operational by 2020 and will cover “strategic Welsh road networks, with a particular emphasis on North-South and East-West journeys”, according to a Welsh political website.

Ken Skates, the Welsh transport secretary, says: “We are committed to promoting the use of electric and hybrid vehicles in the transition from petrol and diesel.

“This funding for electric charging points will be a massive boost to the network and will help motorists who want to use electric vehicles for longer journeys.

“This could prove to be a catalyst for change in our efforts to support the use of electric vehicles. We have chosen to focus on the North/South and East/West routes as we realise their importance for travelling around Wales.

“In these challenging times it is more important than ever that we work to improve sustainable transport links, to increase our low carbon transport options and to make Wales as accessible as we can.

“This funding is a clear demonstration of our commitment towards mitigating the impacts of climate change alongside reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.”


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