The UK government will spend £1.6 billion to build a network of 300,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers by 2030 – ten times the current number.
The commitment is part of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, launched today by the Department of Transport (DfT).
£500 million will be invested to bring public chargepoints to communities across the UK. This includes a £450 million Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund, which will fund projects such as EV hubs and on-street charging solutions.
In announcing the new strategy, the DfT said charging an EV will become easier and cheaper than refuelling a petrol or diesel car.
New legal requirements are also being introduced for chargepoint operators, mandating that they provide real-time data so consumers can compare prices and use apps to find their nearest available chargepoint.
Users must also be able to pay for charging by contactless card and the government has set a 99% reliability rate for rapid chargepoints.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “No matter where you live – be that a city centre or rural village, the north, south, east or west of the country – we’re powering up the switch to electric and ensuring no one gets left behind in the process.
“The scale of the climate challenge ahead of us all is well known and decarbonising transport is at the very heart of our agenda.
“That’s why we’re ensuring the country is EV-fit for future generations by the end of this decade, revolutionising our charging network and putting the consumer first.”
A pilot scheme for the LEVI fund, launching today (March 25), will see local authorities bid for a share of £10 million in funding, allowing selected areas to work with industry and boost public charging opportunities.
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