The UK government has announced an extra 2.7 million euros to fund the installation of over 1,000 new electric chargepoints on residential streets.
The government says the scheme aims to encourage more people to choose an electric vehicle by making it easier to charge their cars near home.
The announcement follows a 158% increase in battery electric vehicle sales in the UK compared to July last year.
The UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, says: “It’s fantastic that there are now more than 20,000 publicly accessible chargepoints and double the number of electric vehicle chargepoints than petrol stations, but we want to do much more.”
He adds: “It’s vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of chargepoints near their homes, and that charging an electric car is seen as easy as plugging in a smartphone.”
Commenting on the funding, Sebastian Speight, Managing Director of Infrastructure at Ingenious, says: “There is a justifiable concern about the drag on the adoption of electric vehicles in the UK due to the limits on the speed of rolling out the associated charging infrastructure.”
He adds: “There are currently a number of market participants developing and implementing strategies for rolling out charging infrastructure but there is also a reasonable degree of uncertainty about the future patterns of consumer behaviour which creates a level of risk in these business models which has a closer fit with strategic or venture capital rather than more traditional infrastructure capital. These uncertainties are around the technology type (AC versus DC), charging location and fear of stranded assets and convergence of operating systems.”
The new funding is part of the UK government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’, which supports the move towards a cleaner, greener and reliable UK transport network.