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Funding doubled for electric vehicle street chargepoints

Paloma Kubiak
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Paloma Kubiak

The government has announced it will double the funding to install electric vehicle chargepoints in residential streets next year.

The £10m funding is enough to install 3,600 chargepoints across the country and should make driving and charging an electric vehicle easier and cheaper.

The government will also look at how to make information about public chargepoints, including locations and power ratings, available in a standard format for the first time.

The Department for Transport will look at how real-time information could be published, so drivers can see if a chargepoint is currently being used or is in working order.

Transport secretary, Grant 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.”

To date, there are over 24,000 publicly available charging points, with 2,400 being rapid chargepoints. There are more locations to charge a car than there are petrol stations.