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Details of government support up to 2020 were announced yesterday, reflecting the growth in popularity for plug-in vehicles.

These measures assist the uptake of plug-in vehicles in the UK through funding support for chargepoints at people’s homes, on our streets and the public sector estate.

A wave of chargepoints to support the fast-growing popularity of plug-in vehicles will be installed across the UK after the government set out £32 million of infrastructure support up to 2020.

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.

·         As part of the UK Government Commitment of over £500million to 2020, £32m is being dedicated to offset the cost of installing infrastructure in order to remove barriers to the ever increasing take up of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles. In combination with the £15m announced by the Highways Agency to install rapid chargers across the Strategic Road Network (“SRN”) this support totals £47m.

·         £15m is being made available to continue the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, supporting EV drivers to charge safely at home. EV buyers will receive a 75% grant up to an initial maximum of £700 towards the installation of a chargepoint, effective from 13th April 2015.

·         £8m will be available to support public infrastructure across the UK. 75% grants will support on street residential, public sector estate, train station car park and rapid and destination charging. Alongside £15m of funding from the Highways Agency, this will deliver rapid charging across the Strategic Road Network and also offer funding to dozens of local authorities, NHS trusts to provide charging points on their property and town and city streets.

·         Bids for these schemes will open in May 2015. These schemes will ensure new technologies can be supported to address the specific challenges of providing on street residential charging. They will also be now open to 7kw and 22kw destination chargepoints, in addition to rapids, to reflect the ULEV driver preferences.

·         The remaining £9m will be utilised in the period to address key strategic issues including maintenance, interoperability and accessibility which will ensure the UK continues to build a world class charging network.

More detailed information is available from OLEV and the Department of Transport by clicking here.

If you would like to discuss any of funding opportunities, please contact the team at EValu8.

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