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Government to provide 75% of the cost of installing new charge points for electric vehicles

new plug-in vehicle charge points at home, on the street, and at railway stations

New plug-in vehicle charge points at home, on the street, and at railway stations

The government has announced that it will provide 75% of the cost of installing new plug-in vehicle charge points at home, on the street, and at railway stations; and also rapid charge points.

The funding can be claimed by:

• People installing chargepoints where they live

• Local authorities installing rapid charge points to facilitate longer journeys, or providing on-street charging on request from residents who have or have ordered plug-in vehicles

• Train operators installing new charge points at railway stations.

The £37 million funding for the package comes from the government’s £400 million commitment to increase the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles and is available until April 2015.

The full package includes:

• Up to £13.5 million for a 75% grant for homeowners in the United Kingdom wishing to have a domestic chargepoint installed

• an £11 million fund for local authorities in England to:

– install on-street charging for residents who have or have ordered a plug-in vehicle but do not have off-street parking – authorities can apply for up to 75% of the cost of installing a chargepoint

– provide up to 75% of the cost of installing rapid chargepoints in their areas around the strategic road network

• Up to £9 million available to fund the installation of chargepoints at railway stations

• Up to £3 million to support the installation of chargepoints on the government and wider public estate by April 2015

•  A commitment to review government buying standards (mandatory for central government departments) to lower the fleet average CO ? /km of new cars and encourage the uptake of plug-in vehicles in central government.

The package also includes a previously-announced £280,000 of funding to expand the Energy Saving Trust’s plugged-in fleets initiative in England to help a further 100 public and private sector fleets to understand and identify where ultra low emission vehicles could work for them.

As of 31 December 2012, over 3200 claims have been made for the plug-in car and plug-in van grants . Total claims for the quarter October to December 2012 were more than 20% higher than in the previous quarter. Claims in 2012 for the plug-in car grant, which has been available since January 2011, were 2.5 times higher than in 2011.

See our Electric Vehicle Guide

See which vehicles qualify for the government’s Plug-in Car Grant