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Government doubles funding for charging points

Date: 21 January 2020   |   Author: Illya Verpraet

The UK Government will invest £10m in the installation of charging points on residential streets. This could fund up to 3,600 chargers across the country, making home charging easier for those without an off-street parking space.

It is also looking into a way to make information about public chargers publicly available in a standard format. The real-time information would show the location and type of the chargers, and whether they are working and in use. This central system would allow developers to integrate this info into apps and cars' navigation systems.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: "We want to make electric cars the new normal, and ensuring drivers have convenient places to charge is key to that. By doubling funding again for chargepoints on streets where people live and opening up data we are helping drivers easily locate and use affordable, reliable chargepoints whether at home or on the road."

Future of transport minister George Freeman said: "Comprehensive chargepoint data is crucial for mapping charging hotspots and notspots for consumers, to help to drive forward the electric vehicle revolution."