Government grants £20m chargepoints boost

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that funding for the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) will continue into 2021/22, allowing residents without private parking to reliably charge their vehicle.

Local authorities are being urged to take advantage of the £20 million cash injection to boost the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints in towns and cities across the UK, and since its inception in 2017, more than 140 local authority projects have benefitted from the scheme, which has supported applications for nearly 4,000 chargepoints across the UK. This funding could potentially double that number.

The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan set out to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 and committing £2.8bn to infrastructure, of which £1.3bn is set to be invested in charging infrastructure over the next four years.

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