Owning an electric vehicle is set to get a little easier after the government announced it’s doubling funding for chargepoints to £10m. This should make another 3,600 chargepoints available across the UK and also make it easier for those without an off-street parking space to charge at home.
The next step will then be to make sure information about all public chargepoints is easily accessible to those who need it. This will include real-time information about:
This will build on the National Chargepoint Registry, a website that shares data on all publicly-funded chargepoints. According to Government statistics, there are currently over 24,000 publicly-available chargepoints, with 2,400 of those offering rapid charging.
The Department for Transport has already requested that newly-installed rapid chargepoints support debit and credit card payment and that a solution is developed for drivers to pay for their charge using a universal payment method or app.
Future of Transport Minister George Freeman said: “The new government is accelerating UK leadership in digitalisation and decarbonisation through our future of transport strategy.
“Supporting the smart use of open data for new apps to help passengers and drivers plan journeys, and to reduce congestion and pollution, is key.
“Comprehensive chargepoint data is crucial for mapping charging hotspots and notspots for consumers, to help to drive forward the electric vehicle revolution.
“We urge local councils to make use of the funding available to ensure their residents feel the benefits of cleaner transport.”
This is good news for anyone who already has or is considering buying an EV to make the most of the government grant for electric cars.
To find out more about EV-friendly places across the UK, take a look at our interactive map, Electric Cities.