UK to invest £30 million on electric car charging infrastructure

The UK Government is soliciting bids for £30 million (US$50 million) in funding to support the installation of plug-in vehicle charging points on streets, car parks and in commercial, retail and leisure facilities.

This initiative—called Plugged-In Places—will support the development of between three and six electric car cities and regions across the UK which will act as trailblazers for electric car technology. The experiences of these locations will inform the future development of a national charging infrastructure.

Funding will be made available to consortia in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland made up of local authorities, businesses, electricity distributors and suppliers and other organizations like the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). The funds will be made available in two phases.

Winning consortia will need to show how their plans fit in with other Government objectives, like improving local air quality, and create local incentives to further encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

Up to £10 million (US$16.6 million) of the funding is provided from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), through the Strategic Investment Fund, as announced in the Low Carbon Industrial Strategy in July 2009.

Source: Green Car Congress.

Related: France to invest 1.5 billion Euros on electric car infrastructure.

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