The government has unveiled a £20m plan to upgrade the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure that will see 1,000 charge points installed across the country ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales.
The 1,000 commercial EV charging points will be installed in nine locations across the UK including Dorset, Durham, North Yorkshire, Nottingham and Suffolk. It comes as part of the £20m Local EV Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot scheme.
Decarbonisation Minister Trudy Harrison said: “This scheme will help to level up electric vehicle infrastructure across the country, so that everyone can benefit from healthier neighbourhoods and cleaner air.”
Residential charging, quicker street charging and public charging stations are all planned uses of the wider £450m scheme.
Half of the £20m is to be provided by the government to the nine locations in the first tranche of the scheme. Winning pilot bids then can receive a share of £9m in private investment, with a further £1.9m from public funds.
“This injection of an extra £20m funding will help bring power to electric drivers across England from Durham to Dorset. This is one further positive step on the road to electrification,” said Edmund King OBE, president, AA.
More places for electric vehicle chargers will be welcomed by EV startups such as electric car subscription service Onto and British EV maker Arrival.
Last week the government announced more plans for the future of UK roads, with a £100m scheme aiming to put self-driving vehicles on the roads as soon as 2025.