The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) will continue next year.
The EVHS which launched in 2019, provides individuals with up to £350 to help with the costs of installing an electric vehicle (EV) charge point.
The EVHS will now provide dedicates support to small business owners or those in leasehold and rented accommodation.
The changes to the fund will mean that small accommodation businesses, such as B&Bs can benefit from the £50m fund.
At the same time, the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) will also be opened up to small to medium enterprises (SMES) and the charity sector.
This investment comes as the DfT launches a consultation into improving charging experience with an aim to simplify payments and increase reliability.
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: ‘Whether you’re on the school run or travelling to work, or don’t have access to a private parking space, today’s announcement will bring us one step closer to building and operating a public chargepoint network that is affordable, reliable and accessible for all drivers.
‘As the UK accelerates towards net-zero emissions by 2050, we are determined to deliver a world-leading electric vehicle charging network, as we build back greener and support economic growth across the country.’
CEO of Co Charger, Joel Teague, added: ‘From a Co Charger point of view, this announcement is particularly welcome because it will put more charge points into homes and businesses where they can be shared with their neighbourhoods. Dependable, affordable charging while at home or work is essential for people to make the switch to electric motoring, and by sharing these newly funded charge points communities will be able to meet that need.’
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