Locations confirmed for 1,000 new EV charge points across England

Electric vehicle users are set to benefit from a new pilot scheme backed by both private sector and government funding as net-zero marches on. 

Over 1,000 new electric vehicle (EV) charge points are coming to England thanks to a £20m cash injection from public coffers and industry, reflecting the government’s ongoing commitment to net-zero. 

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The new pilot is part of a £450m Local EV Infrastructure scheme, which focuses on commercial infrastructure including high speed on-street chargepoints for residents, and larger petrol station-style hubs. In total, nine local authorities stand to benefit from the first phase of rollout 

Areas set to receive some of the 1,000 charge points have been confirmed as Barnet, Dorset, Durham, Kent, Midlands Connect – with Lincolnshire as the lead authority, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, and Warrington. £10m has come from government, with £9m from private investment and an additional £1.9m sourced from local authorities. 

However, in recent months local authorities have been falling behind government ambitions, due to a lack of resources and guidance.

The government aimed to have 300,000 chargepoints installed by August, but just 10% of these had been delivered, according to EV charging company Liberty Charge.

‘We want to expand and grow our world-leading network of EV chargepoints, working closely with industry and local government, making it even easier for those without driveways to charge their electric vehicles and support the switch to cleaner travel,’ said Decarbonisation Minister Trudy Harrison. ‘This scheme will help to level up electric vehicle infrastructure across the country, so that everyone can benefit from healthier neighbourhoods and cleaner air.’

‘We know that there are many drivers who do not have driveways or any form of off-street parking, so investing in streetside charging is an absolute necessity. Drivers can also look forward to the prospect of local charging hubs which will give them somewhere to quickly charge their vehicles without needing to drive any considerable distance. The goal must be to spark electric vehicle uptake by creating an excellent charging infrastructure that caters for everyone’s needs,’ added RAC Head of Roads Policy, Nicholas Lyes. 

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