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Government announce funding for electric vehicle charging points

The Government has announced grand plans that they will fund up to 75% of the cost of installing electric vehicle charging points in garages and driveways.

This is part of a £37 million scheme designed to improve infrastructure for motorists with an electric car, with the remaining 25% expected to be covered by drivers with off-street parking who want to install the charging points.

It terms of the funding, which is available until April 2015, up to £13.5 million will be for homeowners to have a domestic charging point installed and £11 million for local authorities in England to install on-street charging for residents and electric vehicle owners, who do not have off-street parking.

Further to this, there will be £9 million to install chargers at railing stations, and £3 million to fit charge points on the wider public estate.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This investment underlines the Government’s commitment to making sure that the UK is a world leader in the electric car industry.

“Plug-in vehicles can help the consumer by offering a good driving experience and low running costs. They can help the environment by cutting pollution. And most importantly of all, they can help the British economy by creating skilled manufacturing jobs in a market that is bound to get bigger.”

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