Chargemaster installs charging point at Highways England Dartford depot
09 June 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Chargemaster has installed a rapid charger at Highways England's Dartford depot.
According to the firm, Highways England's point is one of 30,000 charging stations that Chargemaster has installed to Government organisations, businesses and consumers in the UK, while the company also operates a network of 4000 public charging points.
"We are keen to see a reduction in emissions on UK roads, and our new vehicles will help us realise this," Highways England's team manager Russell Bagshaw said.
A Highways England spokesman confirmed the Government department is taking on a number of ultra-low emission vehicles, but could not provide any more information at this time.
While the Government provides grants of up to £500 for private individuals to install charging points at their homes, grants are not currently available for businesses due to the need for an exemption to European state aid rules.
However, BusinessCar understands the Government is on the verge of introducing a grant for workplace charging points.
"We have been informed that there is likely to be a workplace charging grant established this summer by the Government," said David Martell, CEO of charging point manufacturer and operator Chargemaster.
"I'm told there will be an announcement in July," he added. "It hasn't been decided exactly how much the grant will be, but certainly there will be support by the Government for putting in charging points in work premises, which is particularly relevant to fleets."