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South West urged to accept grants for electric car chargepoints

STREETS up and down the country are set for more electric vehicle chargepoints thanks to a £20m Government investment.

The funding for 2021/22 could double the number of on-street chargepoints the Government is supporting to nearly 8,000.

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

But the take-up by councils in the South-West has been low with the exception of Plymouth (50 chargepoints) and Swindon (11).

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.”

Nick Harvey, senior programme manager at Energy Saving Trust, said: “The confirmation of £20m of funding for the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme in 2021/22 is great news.

“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.”

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