More on-street Chargepoints on the way for Electric Cars

At the end of January, the government accounced that charging and driving an electric vehicle will be easier, cheaper and more convenient in the future, with double the funding made available for more chargepoints on residential streets next year and new plans to make sure drivers can easily access real-time information about places to charge their electric car.

The Transport Secretary Grant Schapps has announced that government funding will reach £10million for the installation of chargepoints on residential streets next year which could lead to an additional 3,600 chargepoints across the country and make charging at home and overnight easier for those without an off-street parking space.

Work is also underway to make information about all public chargepoints including locations and power ratings openly available in a standard format for the first time. The Department for Transport will look at how real-time information could be published, showing whether chargepoints are in working order and currently in use, which could then be used by developers and incorporated into sat navs and route mapping apps.

Mr Schapps commented:

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.

Did you know that the UK now has one of the largest charging networks in Europe with more locations where you can charge your car than there are petrol stations?  Here at pluginsure we welcome any effort to increase accessibility to electric cars.  If you're one of those encouraged by this news and are considering buying your first electric car, click here for a quick quote. 

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