Government announces funding to double rapid charge points
Ministers have announced more than half a billion pounds of investment in green technologies, with electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure receiving the lion’s share.
The first £70m has been earmarked for 3,000 charge points – more than doubling the number across the UK to 5,000, says the Treasury.
A review is currently underway to explore the provision of charge points across major road networks. Today’s investment complements £1.5 billion support to boost the uptake of EVs and make cleaner vehicles more accessible to everyone, it said.
It has also announced £31.5m for research into pioneering technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and £22m to research new kinds of air pollutants and minimise their effects on public health.
Exchequer secretary Simon Clarke said: “We are driving ahead with plans to make travel greener while backing British innovation and technology.
“I am delighted to announce this funding today that will more than double the number of rapid charge points for electric vehicles on our roads.
“Britain already boasts one of the biggest networks of charging infrastructure in Europe and soon we will have the fastest thanks to this investment.
“This is the latest in our proud record on climate change –having slashed emissions by over 40% since 1990, whilst simultaneously growing our economy, and setting an ambitious target for net zero emissions by 2050.”
Business, energy and clean growth minister Kwasi Kwarteng added: “The UK has been going further and faster in tackling climate change by becoming the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050 and helping us seize the opportunities of a greener future.
“With air pollution thought to kill as many as seven million people a year globally, it’s clear more needs to be done. That’s why we’re backing these initiatives, aimed at making improvements from battling air pollutants to protecting our invaluable sea life.
“These pioneering projects will help us maintain our world-leading position in this field, and to make further strides towards a more sustainable future for our planet.”