Transport secretary Grant Shapps says new funding for Britain’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure will make charging an electric car ‘as easy as plugging in a smartphone’.
On 10 September, the Government announced a £400 million fund to help develop rapid charging infrastructure points for electric vehicles.
The first £70 million investment will create 3,000 new rapid charge points by 2024, more than doubling the number across the UK to 5,000.
The Government says rapid charge points – which can recharge a family car in as little as 20 minutes, compared to existing technology which can take 40 minutes – make the reality of owning and driving electric vehicles ‘easier and more accessible’.
Grant Shapps said: “It’s fantastic there is already a rapid chargepoint at almost every motorway service station, and now more charging stations than petrol stations. But I want to see thousands more charge points installed across the UK.
“This fund will help drum up further investment in charging infrastructure from the private sector, so charging an electric car becomes as easy as plugging in a smartphone.”
A review is currently underway to explore the provision of charge points across major road networks, with the hope of arriving at a point where drivers could charge their car while stopping for a coffee at a service station.
The Government says its latest investment complements £1.5 billion provided to boost the uptake of electric vehicles – and is part of its drive to end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.
Simon Clarke, exchequer secretary, 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.”