The £56m funding injection comes as part of an announcement from Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, who set out the Government’s plans to deliver 2,400 more charge points for the short term, and tens of thousands more in the long term.
Sixteen more local authority areas will receive money as part of the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot scheme. The three original pilot schemes – in Durham, the London borough of Barnet and North Yorkshire – will be expanded.
Councils will also be given support to work with private operators towards the installation of ‘tens of thousands more’ charge points in the long term, according to the DfT.
Technology and Decarbonisation Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, said: “The Government is giving local authorities across England additional help today to energise their charge point roll-out plans. Today’s commitment will lead to thousands of new chargers being installed, and plans for tens of thousands extra in due course, so that more people than ever can make the transition to using EVs.”
In addition to enhancing the three original LEVI pilot programmes in Barnet, Durham and North Yorkshire, the central government’s statement details the plan to roll out pilot schemes in:
- Waltham Forest
- West Midlands
- West Sussex
- West Yorkshire
The new pilot areas will supported by £22m of government funding which will be further supplemented by £17m of private investment and £2m from local authorities.