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Government powers up electric vehicle revolution with £20 million chargepoint boost

By - World Infrastructure Journal

Government powers up electric vehicle revolution with £20 million chargepoint boost

Local authorities have been urged to take advantage of a £20 million cash injection to boost the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints in towns and cities across the UK.

In a letter to councils across Britain, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that funding for the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) will continue into 2021/22, allowing residents without private parking to reliably charge their vehicle.

Since its inception in 2017, more than 140 local authority projects have benefitted from the scheme, which has supported applications for nearly 4,000 chargepoints across the UK. The new funding boost has the potential to add an additional 4,000 more chargepoints in towns and cities which the government hopes will help reduce poor air quality and support their economic growth plan to build back greener from the pandemic.

Within the letter, local councils were reassured of their essential role in providing electric vehicle infrastructure. Therefore the Department for Transport in partnership with Energy Saving Trust, hopes that they will be able to gain applications from councils which are yet to apply for funding, as well as those that have already benefitted.

Nick Harvey, senior programme manager at Energy Saving Trust, reiterated the government's message of: “encouraging local authorities to access this funding as part of their plans to decarbonise transport and improve local air quality. ”

The UK has already positioned itself to be a global frontrunner in the shift to electric vehicles. The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan last year set out the groundwork for this new initiative with the end goal of ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030. The plans are supported by a total of £2.8 billion with £1.3 billion set to be invested in charging infrastructure over the next 4 years.

Nick Harvey, senior programme manager at Energy Saving Trust, reiterated the government's message of: “encouraging local authorities to access this funding as part of their plans to decarbonise transport and improve local air quality. ”

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said; “From Cumbria to Cornwall, drivers across the country should benefit from the electric vehicle revolution we’re seeing right now. ”


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