Announcement of new infrastructure measures to support the uptake of plug-in vehiclesBack
We are pleased to announce further details of measures to support the uptake of plug-in vehicles in the UK through funding support for chargepoints at people’s homes, on our streets and the public sector estate.
As part of the UK Government Commitment of over £500million to 2020, £32m is being dedicated to offset the cost of installing infrastructure in order to remove barriers to the ever increasing take up of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles. In combination with the £15m announced by the Highways Agency to install rapid chargers across the Strategic Road Network (“SRN”) this support totals £47m.
£15m is being made available to continue the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, supporting EV drivers to charge safely at home. EV buyers will receive a 75% grant up to an initial maximum of £700 towards the installation of a chargepoint, effective from 13th April 2015.
£8m will be available to support public infrastructure across the UK. 75% grants will support on street residential, public sector estate, train station car park and rapid and destination charging. Alongside £15m of funding from the Highways Agency, this will deliver rapid charging across the Strategic Road Network and also offer funding to dozens of local authorities, NHS trusts to provide charging points on their property and town and city streets.
Bids for these schemes will open in May 2015. These schemes will ensure new technologies can be supported to address the specific challenges of providing on street residential charging. They will also be now open to 7kw and 22kw destination chargepoints, in addition to rapids, to reflect the ULEV driver preferences.
The remaining £9m will be utilised in the period to address key strategic issues including maintenance, interoperability and accessibility which will ensure the UK continues to build a world class charging network.