The Government has launched plans to put the UK at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution in its Road to Zero strategy. But what are the EV charging plans?
Road to Zero outlines plans for a huge roll-out of infrastructure to support a mass take-up of EVs, including:
- A £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund providing funding to new and existing chargepoint manufacturers and installers
- A push for chargepoints to be installed in newly built homes, where appropriate, and new lampposts to include charging points
- A £40 million programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology
- An Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce bringing together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the increase in energy demand
The strategy has also increased the amount businesses can claim towards the installation of a workplace chargepoint from £300 up to £500.
The Workplace Charging Scheme grants are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis for 8,000 sockets or until 31st March 2019, whichever comes first. They cover up to 75% of the installation costs, capped at £500 per chargepoint socket. Businesses can still claim up to 20 sockets.
The ambitious Road to Zero strategy paves the way for a huge surge in EVs – the biggest technology advancement to hit UK roads since the invention of the combustion engine.
It sets out the ambition for at least 50% — and as many as 70% — of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030, alongside up to 40% of new vans. The Government has already stated its goal to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.
EV charging for your business
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