The rollout of electric vehicle (EV) on-street infrastructure has been given a boost today with the government announcing its On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme will be extended for a further year. This will provide an additional £20m investment in the country’s EV charging infrastructure.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is enthusiastic about the UK’s EV charging network rollout saying: “From Cumbria to Cornwall, drivers across the country should benefit from the electric vehicle revolution we’re seeing right now.”

This extension of the Department for Transport’s On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme will provide local councils with the opportunity to install as many as 4,000 on-street EV chargers – doubling the total number of kerbside charging points in the UK.

Today’s update comes after think tank Policy Exchange suggested the rollout of electric vehicle charge points must happen five times quicker to be ready for the forthcoming ban on new petrol and diesel cars coming in 2030.

It published a report that suggested the UK will need 400,000 public charge points by the time the sale of new conventionally-fuelled cars and vans are prohibited -only 35,000 public chargers are installed at present.

It is imperative that local councils start to act and prepare for the electrification of vehicles. Local councils can apply for the funding through the government’s On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, which is being extended to 2021-22.

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Published On: February 2nd, 2021 / Categories: EV News /

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