Smart Transport

Government commits £20m to increase on-street chargers

A Nissan Leaf plugged into an on-street charger

The Government has confirmed that the On-Street Residential Grant Scheme (ORCS) will continue in 2021-22, with a further £20 million allocated for local authorities to install electric vehicle (EV) charge points. 

Since its inception in 2017, more than 140 local authority projects have benefitted from the scheme, which has supported applications for nearly 4,000 charge points across the UK.

This funding could double that number, according to the Government, adding nearly 4,000 more charge points in towns and cities.

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 Energy Saving Trust (EST) is administering the scheme and can advise local authorities on preparing an application.

Nick Harvey, senior programme manager at EST, said: “This funding will allow local authorities to install 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.”

Smart Transport member Liberty Charge welcomed the funding.

CEO Neil Isaacson said: "The continued focus from the Government in trying to jump-start the on-street residential charging sector is great and welcome news for the EV sector and UK's wider climate change ambitions. 

"Yet, while the £20m cash injection announced today is a help, local authorities will need to work hard to maximise its value and blend both public and private funding to deliver the infrastructure and scale needed, especially given the budget challenges they face. 

"We’ve already engaged a significant number of local authorities and are helping many to accelerate their on-street charging deployments by bringing in private funding and leveraging our expertise, so we know the desire is there to realise this green and sustainable future."

 

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