With an aim to increase the number of electric vehicle chargers in the UK – especially in residential areas – the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that they will double the EV infrastructure fund, taking the total to £10 million.
In their press release, the DfT stated that their aim to was to fund and install an additional 3,600 residential chargers in order to make sure “postcode plays no part in how easy it is to use an electric car”. Installed on residential streets next year, the new charging points should make it easier for people without off-street parking to charge their car at home.
Alongside the new charging points, the DfT announced that they are looking into new ways to publish real-time charging and charging point information. They say that the openly accessible data should be available to everyone in order to advise whether charging points are in working order or whether they are currently in use.
Once the data is made available, the DfT say that developers could use that information to improve route mapping apps or even incorporate the information directly into car sat navs. As with the additional chargers, the aim is solely to make electric car ownership ever easier.
The move comes as part of the DfT’s continuing efforts to aid people’s move from petrol and diesel vehicles to more environmentally friendly electric cars. Through DfT initiatives, over 24,000 publically available charging points are now accessible across the UK (of which 2,400 are rapid chargers), making the UK’s charging network one of the largest in Europe.
Speaking of their announcement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
“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.”
This is the second time that the DfT have doubled EV infrastructure funding and we suspect that it won’t be the last time, owing to the ever-growing emphasis on the importance of electric cars.