Government injects £37m into EV charging infrastructure

The Department for Transport has today announced that it is investing £37 million into British engineering to transform the UK’s electric vehicle charge point infrastructure.

Twelve projects are set to receive a share of the funding, to support the creation of innovations including wireless charging technologies, meaning electric vehicles of the future could charge without the need to plug in a cable.

Future of Mobility Minister, Michael Ellis, said: We’re charging up the transport revolution and investing in technologies to transform the experience for electric vehicle drivers.

“Ensuring the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is reliable and innovative is encouraging more people to join the record numbers of ultra-low emission vehicle users already on UK roads.”

The announcement was welcomed by the BVRLA and comes as the association marks the anniversary of its own zero-emission vehicle initiative, the BVRLA Plug-in-Pledge.

BVRLA Director of External Relations Toby Poston said: “The pledge we launched last July saw us commit to increase the BVRLA’s combined plug-in fleet from 50,000 vehicles to 720,000 in 2025. We are pleased to report that we are on track, with growth of 40% taking the combined fleet to 70,000 plug-in vehicles by the end of 2018.”

Read the BVRLA press release issued on 9 July: Boost for EV charging as BVRLA provides Plug-in-Pledge update