Government Announce £20M Chargepoint Fund
On the 2nd of February 2021, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps sent a letter to councils across the UK in which he announced that funding On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) will continue into 2021/22.
The aim of the ORCS is to enable residents without private parking facilities to utilise on-street parking facilities. Since the scheme was launched in 2017, more than 140 councils have applied for funding. With this new cash injection, the government aims to double the number of charge points created by the scheme from 4000 to 8000.
The Department of Transport is working in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and is welcoming applications from councils.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
“From Cumbria to Cornwall, drivers across the country should benefit from the electric vehicle revolution we’re seeing right now.
With a world-leading charging network, we’re making it easier for more people to switch to electric vehicles, creating healthier neighbourhoods and cleaning up our air as we build back greener. The UK is already a global frontrunner in the shift to electric vehicles. The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan set out that we will accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, which could create 40,000 extra jobs by 2030, and transforming our national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles, backed by a total of £2.8 billion and supporting around 169,000 jobs. Of this funding, £1.3 billion is set to be invested in charging infrastructure over the next 4 years”.
Nick Harvey, senior programme manager at Energy Saving Trust, said:
“The confirmation of £20 million of funding for the ORCS in 2021/22 is great news. This funding will allow local authorities to install a convenient and cost-effective electric vehicle charging infrastructure for those who rely on on-street parking. This helps to support the fair transition to the increased adoption of low carbon transport. We’re therefore encouraging local authorities to access this funding as part of their plans to decarbonise transport and improve local air quality”.
Energy Saving Trust – https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/
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