Funding for on-street chargepoints doubled

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that government funding will be doubled to £10 million for the installation of chargepoints on residential streets next year.

This means that charging and driving an electric vehicle will be easier, cheaper and more convenient in the future, with the Department for Transport also announcing new plans to make sure drivers can easily access real-time information about places to charge their electric car. As part of this, ministers will look at how real-time information could be published, showing whether chargepoints are in working order and currently in use, which could then be used by developers and incorporated into sat navs and route mapping apps.

It is thought that the doubled funding will help the installation of up to another 3,600 chargepoints across the country and make charging at home and overnight easier for those without an off-street parking space.

Shapps 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 chargepoints on streets where people live and opening up data we are helping drivers easily locate and use affordable, reliable chargepoints whether at home or on the road.”

The UK now has one of the largest charging networks in Europe with more locations where you can charge your car than there are petrol stations.

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