On-street chargepoint funding gets government boost

Published:  27 January, 2020

Garages could see EV numbers grow following the announcement that government funding for the installation of chargepoints on residential streets will double to £10 million in 2021.

The increase could pay for 3,600 chargepoints across the country, and aims to make EV ownership more attractive to drivers. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained: “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.”

The National Chargepoint Registry (NCR), established in 2011, is an open source of data for all public chargepoints. All publicly funded chargepoints are already required to be uploaded onto the NCR, but the government now aims to ensure information on all public chargepoints is released.

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.

Future of Transport Minister George Freeman added: “Comprehensive chargepoint data is crucial for mapping charging hotspots and notspots for consumers, to help to drive forward the electric vehicle revolution. We urge local councils to make use of the funding available to ensure their residents feel the benefits of cleaner transport.”

So far, government and industry have supported the installation of over 17,000 devices providing over 24,000 publicly available chargepoints, of which over 2,400 are rapid chargepoints.

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