The UK government has doubled funding for the installation of charging points on residential streets to £ 10 million - the equivalent of 11.75million euros. This could finance up to 3,600 new charging points across the country.
Overall, the UK government wants charging electric cars and plug-in hybrids to be easier and more convenient. The funding program is intended to make charging easier, especially for e-drivers without their own parking space.
According to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps, electric cars should become the "new normal". The government is also examining how information on all public charging points (location, charging capacity, free or busy status) can be made available in real-time.
How exactly this data transmission should be implemented is still open. The idea is that the information is played directly in the navigation systems and route planning apps. There are currently around 24,000 charging points in Great Britain, but the distribution is still chaotic in rural areas.
Guaranteeing that charging an electric vehicle is a comfortable and uncomplicated process is crucial to meeting the government’s goals of phasing out petrol and diesel cars.
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 charge points on streets where people live and opening up data we are helping drivers easily locate and use affordable, reliable charge points whether at home or on the road.
Future of Transport Minister George Freeman said:
The new government is accelerating UK leadership in digitalization and decarbonization through our future of transport strategy.
Supporting the smart use of open data for new apps to help passengers and drivers plan journeys, and to reduce congestion and pollution, is key.
Comprehensive charge points data is crucial for mapping charging hotspots and notspots for consumers, to help to drive forward the electric vehicle revolution.
We urge local councils to make use of the funding available to ensure their residents feel the benefits of cleaner transport.
Government and industry have financed the installation of over 17,000 devices providing over 24,000 publicly accessible charge points, of which over 2,400 are rapid charge points. The UK now has one of the largest charging networks in Europe with more locations where you can charge your car than there are petrol stations. via gov.uk
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