£4.5million to fund electric car charge point unused by U.K. councils

The U.K. Government has urged local authorities to take advantage of the £4.5 million pot of cash available to fund the installation of electric car charge points.

In 2016 the Department for Transport launched the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, offering funding for local authorities to buy and install electric car charge points, but so far only 5 councils have come forward. The remaining money is enough for thousands of extra charge points.driveEV | Electric car news and reviews | Electric car sales accelerate as UK Government announced £10m investment in charging infrastructureThis lack of take-up means people up and down the country are being denied the opportunity to take advantage of the technology and many homes do no have off-street parking.

To address this two government ministers, Jesse Norman and Claire Perry have written to councils urging them to take up the scheme which makes available up to 75% of the cost of procuring and installing chargepoints.

Local authorities can fund the remaining costs through public and private sources.

Transport Minister, Jesse Norman said:

We are in the early stages of an electric revolution in the UK transport sector, and connectivity is at its heart.

Millions of homes in the UK do not have off-street parking, so this funding is important to help local councils ensure that all their residents can take advantage of this revolution.

Charge points can be anything from new points popping up on streets to adapting existing lampposts to make the best use of space.

Being prepared

The number of electric vehicles bought in the UK was up nearly 30% last year, and having committed to ending the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, the U.K. Government has to ensure the right infrastructure in place.Renault-announces-pricing-and-specification-for-ZOE-Z.E.4-EMBARGO-011116-07h00-UK-time-11.jpg” class=”size-full” alt=”Renault ZOE Charging – driveEV | Electric car news and reviews | Prices revealed for revised Renault ZOE with 186 miles of real-world range”>A set of schemes for electric vehicles were announced in the Autumn Budget in November, including a further £100 million to help with purchasing electric vehicles. Following that the Plug-in Car Grant has been extended again at the current rates, which slices up to £4,500 off the price of an electric car.

It is clear some local authorities must do more to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle air quality in their communities. The installation and incentivising of electric car ownership with free charging and parking will go along way towards this.

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