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How the UK government plans to boost the number of public chargers to increase EV adoption rates

The government just announced a £1.6 billion funding package to boost EV charging across the UK - with Local Authorities set to play a crucial role.

The UK government has emphasised the ‘crucial role’ of local authorities in meeting the country’s transport decarbonisation targets – after announcing plans to boost the number of public electric vehicle charge points to 300,000 by 2030.

This tenfold-increase in current public charger numbers was accompanied by a £1.6 billion funding package – £500 million of which is earmarked for additional local authority support to deliver ‘high quality’ charging infrastructure.

The newly-confirmed plans – part of the government’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy – comes after consultations showed that the provision of local on-street EV chargers ‘significantly lagged behind’ other areas of the EV infrastructure market.

By naming the lack of public charging infrastructure ‘the single biggest challenge to achieving transport decarbonisation’ the government is focusing its latest targeted intervention in two areas:

  • High-powered chargers on the strategic road network
  • Local on-street charging

It hopes the new funding will address the genuine – or perceived – fears of a lack of local public chargers, which drivers say is the biggest barrier to more widespread EV adoption.

“This new package of funding and guidance will proactively support Local Authorities as they work with partners like Mer to deliver vital on-street EV charging infrastructure”

Anthony Hinde, Mer UK Managing Director


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