A list of local authorities that have been successful in bidding for a share of £37 million* to offset installation costs of electric vehicle chargepoints have been announced.
A new wave of chargepoints for electric cars in locations such as hospitals, stations and streets across the UK will now be installed.
Further bids are invited from train operators, local authorities and the wider public sector for the second round of funding. The closing date for bids to be submitted is the 30 October 2013.
Transport minister, Norman Baker, said:
“This is brilliant news for those already using these vehicles and will give greater confidence to those who are considering making the switch to electric. With new models coming to market every month from major motor vehicle manufacturers and running costs of 2 pence to 3 pence a mile, these vehicles are an increasingly attractive option for many consumers and businesses.”
Business Minister Michael Fallon said:
“We need to keep working with industry to maintain this momentum and secure its long-term success which is why we are supporting the transition to ultra low emission vehicles. As we set out in our automotive industrial strategy, there are huge opportunities for us from being a world-leader in these technologies.”
The coalition government will provide 75% of the cost of installing new chargepoints.
*The £37 million funding for the package comes from the government’s existing £400 million commitment to increase the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles and is available until April 2015.