£35 million electric vehicle investment announced by Government
The Government has announced a £35 million investment to encourage the use of ultra-low-emissions cars and motorbikes
The UK Government will invest £30 million in installing charge points for electric vehicles (EVs) around the country.
A £35.75m kitty has been divided up between different aspects of low-emissions vehicle ownership, of which £20m will be awarded to councils to install chargers for plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and electric taxis, while £10million will go towards installing chargers near workplaces and in residential areas with no off-street parking.
£3.75m will be put towards getting motorcycle riders onto electric motorbikes and scooters, although this is only an initial investment, suggesting that there is more money on the way for this cause.
As it stands, though, a Government grant scheme is being rolled out for electric motorbikes and scooters, as it was for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Customers can claim a discount of up to £1500 off the price of a new zero-emissions motorbike or scooter.
The remaining £2m is earmarked to encourage businesses to adopt hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Given the comparative lack of infrastructure, though, it’s unusual that a larger portion of the grant was not reserved for improving this, rather than furthering the vehicles themselves, which will need somewhere to fill up.
The £5m will provide 50 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, earmarked for fourteen separate fleets around the country. This will more than double the number of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the road in the UK.
A £600m total investment in low-emissions vehicles will be complete by 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) claims, while a £7.5m workplace charging scheme will launch later this year.