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Government to inject £43 million into UK plug-in vehicle infrastructure

Date: 26 February 2015   |   Author:

The funding will be used for more public charging points

The Department of Transport (DfT) has confirmed £43 million of funding for plug-in vehicle infrastructure, research and development up to 2020 to further boost adoption of ultra low emissions vehicles.

The DfT said the funding would introduce the installation of a "wave of chargepoints" to support the growing plug-in vehicle market.

The funding will be used to help fund charging points at homes, hospitals, train stations and A-roads.

Of the £32m set aside for plug-in vehicle infrastructure, £15m will be used to continue to fund the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, which subsidises the installation of charging points at home.

ULEV drivers will recieve a 75% grant of up to £700 towards the installation of a charging point from 13 April, 2015.

Public charging infrastructure will get £8 million, alongside £15m of Highways Agency funding to install charging points on major roads and across towns. Bidding for that fund will open in May.

The DfT has set aside £9m to address other infrastructure priorities, for example, ensuring that the UK's chargepoint network remains accessible and open for userss.

In addition, another £11 million of funding has been announced to boost the UK's position as a world leader in low emission vehicle technology innovation. The funding will be provided to 50 organisations, ranging from small businesses to major universities, working together on 15 research and development projects.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: "The public will find it even easier to charge their cars when they are out and about thanks to our £8 million commitment to support new chargepoints across key locations in our towns and cities. And we have today announced another £15 million to continue to back the rollout of convenient home chargepoints across the country.

"Our support to the ULEV industry will help ensure the innovation that is a hallmark of the British automotive industry will continue to drive development in this vital growth sector."

The support compliments the fast-growing popularity of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) with grant claims rising 4 fold in 2014 compared to the previous year as take-up of plug-in car grants continues to rise.

The £32 million infrastructure commitment will include: 

  • £15 million to continue the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. ULEV drivers will receive a 75% grant of up to £700 towards installation from 13 April 2015
  • £8 million to support public charging infrastructure across the UK which, alongside £15 million Highways Agency funding announced in Autumn 2014, will deliver chargepoints on major roads and across towns and cities- bidding for these schemes will open in May 2015
  • £9 million to address other infrastructure priorities, for example, ensuring that the UK's world-class chargepoint network remains accessible and open for users - further details will be announced later this year


The £11 million project fund will include:

  • the creation of a novel recycled carbon fibre material that will bring lightweight, low cost vehicle chassis structures to the mass market (led by Gordon Murray Design Ltd)
  • development of a zero emission electric bus with hydrogen fuel cell range extender at a fraction of the cost of the current generation of hydrogen buses (led by Magtec)
  • a prototype zero-emission power and cooling system adapted from a cutting-edge liquid nitrogen powered engine that will dramatically reduce the CO? emissions from refrigerated trucks and air-conditioned buses (led by Dearman Engine Company Ltd).