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31.07.13

DfT provides £37m for electric vehicle recharging

Another £37m in grant funding is now available to help install infrastructure for recharging electric vehicles, business minister Michael Fallon and transport minister Norman Baker have announced.

The second round of funding invites bids from local authorities, NHS trusts and train operators, with Government providing 75% of the cost. The money comes from a wider commitment to increase the uptake of low emission vehicles.

The closing date for bids is October 30.

The winners of funding from the first round have also been announced here.

Baker said: “With hundreds of new charge-points adding to the ever-expanding network of infrastructure, people will be able to recharge their cars at stations, in hospital car parks and on streets all over the country.

“This is brilliant news for those already using these vehicles and will give greater confidence to those who are considering making the switch to electric. With new models coming to market every month from major motor vehicle manufacturers and running costs of 2 pence to 3 pence a mile, these vehicles are an increasingly attractive option for many consumers and businesses.”

Fallon said: “The automotive industry in the UK is a real success story. Four out of every 5 vehicles made here are exported and the sector supports many thousands of high-quality jobs across the country.

“We need to keep working with industry to maintain this momentum and secure its long-term success which is why we are supporting the transition to ultra low emission vehicles. As we set out in our automotive industrial strategy, there are huge opportunities for us from being a world-leader in these technologies.”

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