UK govt provides £70m for EV charging

The UK government has launched a pilot scheme that aims to work in partnership with the private sector to boost electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities at motorway service stations.

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has provided £70m for up to 10 trial sites in England, with the investment covering part of the costs of upgrading the electricity grid at those sites. 

It is anticipated that the money will help spark further investment by the private sector, so that EV charging facilities can be expanded at the sites.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said the government is “working with the private sector to provide robust chargepoint infrastructure”.

Meanwhile, the DfT has also launched a consultation seeking views on where chargers are needed most and how best to design the rapid charging fund. To find out more about that consultation, click here.