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£381m for EV chargers in the Government’s Energy Security Plan

The UK Government’s ‘Powering Up Britain – Energy Security Plan’ is being released today, Thursday 30 March, with the electric vehicle component being an investment of more than £380 million into boosting EV charging points and infrastructure across the country to support the rollout of electric vehicles.

The Government is investing £381m through today’s launch of the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund, along with £15m for the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, to help install tens of thousands of new chargers across the country – alongside private sector investment.

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The Government is also consulting on the zero emission vehicle mandate from today, which is due to mandate percentages of EVs that manufacturers need to sell each year in the run up to the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in 2030.

Other elements of the ‘Powering Up Britain – Energy Security Plan’ include:

• Commitment to Carbon Capture Usage and Storage

• Kickstarting investment into the UK’s emerging floating offshore wind industry

• Backing the first tranche of new green hydrogen production projects

• Opening the fifth round of the UK’s scheme to incentivise investment in renewable electricity

• Announcing Great British Nuclear

• Speeding up the planning process to attract investment

• Cutting household bills by expanding Government energy efficiency support to even more households

• Reducing reliance on fossil fuels to heat our buildings

• Providing UK Export Finance with an extra £10 billion capacity to boost exports

• Building a stable environment for businesses

Notable ‘non-EV’ items in the above areas include a new £30 million Heat Pump Investment Accelerator designed to leverage £270 million private investment to boost manufacturing and supply of heat pumps in the UK. The Boiler Upgrade Scheme, which offers a £5,000 grant to anyone buying a heat pump, will be extended to 2028.

Also, the Great British Insulation Scheme, a rebranded ECO+, will upgrade 300,000 of the country’s least energy efficient homes.  

And reforms to the planning process aim to enable the building of more energy infrastructure including solar power and offshore wind projects more quickly.

After decades of reliance on importing expensive, foreign fossil fuels, the Government’s Energy Security Plan aims to deliver a radical shift in our energy system towards cleaner, more affordable energy sources to power more of Britain from Britain.

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