UK pushes GBP5m EV infrastructure fund
British Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps has written to local authorities urging them to take advantage of the GBP5m (US$6.4m) on offer to build up electric car charging infrastructure and increase local access to charge-points for drivers.
The letter comes as the Department for Transport publishes a league table of data illustrating public electric car charging infrastructure available across the UK and highlighting gaps in provision.
The data shows London is currently leading electric vehicle infrastructure nationally, with almost 4,000 public electric vehicle charging devices installed in the region. Scotland has more than 1,500 charging devices, with the North West, South East and South West regions just behind. In these regions, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and Milton Keynes are amongst the best performing local authorities.
There are now more charging locations than petrol stations, but there are still more than 100 local authorities with fewer than 10 public charging devices per 100,000 population.
There are 15,000 charging devices across the UK, equating to 22,500 places to charge.
The government has also recently announced a GBP400m charging infrastructure investment fund, which aims to catalyse private investment in charging infrastructure and is consulting on requiring charge-points be built into all new homes with a parking space.