New transport secretary Grant Shapps says it is vital electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of chargepoints near their homes.
On 12 August, the DfT announced 1,000 new chargepoints will be installed on residential streets – built into existing infrastructure such as lamp-posts.
The new chargepoints – which will cost £2.5million – are in support of the on-street residential chargepoint scheme, launched in 2017 to helps people without off-street parking access charging infrastructure near their homes.
The scheme has already seen 16 local authorities prepared to install 1,200 chargepoints this year.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps says he hopes to accelerate the take-up of electric vehicles as the UK moves towards net zero emissions by 2050.
Mr Shapps said: “It’s fantastic that there are now more than 20,000 publicly accessible chargepoints and double the number of electric vehicle chargepoints than petrol stations, but we want to do much more.
“It’s vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of chargepoints near their homes, and that charging an electric car is seen as easy as plugging in a smartphone.
“That’s why we are now doubling the funding available for local authorities to continue building the infrastructure we need to super-charge the zero emission revolution – right across the country.”