February 18, 2020

Government promises cash to boost charging infrastructure

The government has announced that it is investing more than half a billion pounds in green technologies – with the lion’s share going to a £400m fund to bolster Britain’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The first £70m will be allocated for the installation of 3,000 charge points, more than doubling the number across the UK to 5,000.

The government claims the UK already has one of the largest electric vehicle charging networks in Europe, and “this investment will help make that the fastest by installing state-of-the-art technology”.

A review is currently underway to explore the provision of charge points across major road networks.

A further £31.5m is being promised for research into pioneering technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and £22m to research new kinds of air pollutants and minimise their effects on public health.

Exchequer Secretary Simon Clarke said: “We are driving ahead with plans to make travel greener while backing British innovation and technology.

“I am delighted to announce this funding today that will more than double the number of rapid charge points for electric vehicles on our roads. Britain already boasts one of the biggest networks of charging infrastructure in Europe and soon we will have the fastest thanks to this investment.”