Ofgem to invest £300m in 1,800 ultra-rapid electric vehicle chargers on the country’s motorway network.
The investment will allow operators to triple the number of ultra-rapid (100kW+) chargers along main routes
Cabling improvements will also create capacity for a further 1,750 charging points in towns and cities around the country.
Energy regulator Ofgem has said it will invest the money over the next two years in order to improve cabling to service stations on motorways.
Jonathan Brearley, chief executive of Ofgem said: ‘This £300m down payment will support the rapid take-up of electric vehicles which will be vital if Britain is to hit its climate change targets.
‘Drivers need to be confident that they can charge their car quickly when they need to. We’re paving the way for the installation of 1,800 ultra-rapid charge points, tripling the number of these public charge points. Drivers will have more charging options for longer journeys.
‘In the year that Glasgow hosts the COP26 climate summit, the energy networks are rising to the challenge and working with us and partners to accelerate projects that can start now, benefiting consumers, boosting the economy and creating jobs.’
Transport minister Rachel Maclean added: ‘With more than 500,000 electric cars now on UK roads, this will help to increase this number even further as drivers continue to make the switch to cleaner, greener vehicles.’
In related news, a new project will deliver affordable and accessible EV infrastructure to hard-to-reach communities.
Electric vehicle (EV) charging specialist, Connected Kerb, is working with Kent County Council to deliver affordable and accessible EV infrastructure.
In the project’s first phase, Connected Kerb is installing 40 charging units across 20 Kent Parish sites.