UK to benefit from £20m on‑street charge point funding
Local authorities have been urged to take advantage of a £20m UK government cash injection which will boost the number of on-street EV charge points. According to government sources, the funding may double the number of on-street charging points enjoying its support to almost 8,000. UK transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the funding and the continuation of the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) on 2 February 2021.
In partnership with the Energy Saving Trust, the Department for Transport is welcoming applications from councils which are yet to apply for funding, as well as those that have already benefitted. THE UK government is also seeking views on policy proposals to improve the consumer experience at public chargepoints. Feedback is sought on regulations that will improve the consumer experience in payment options, accessibility for disabled customers, weatherproofing, lighting, and signage. Easier use appears to be a key aim of the consultation, with contactless payment options suggested negating separate app downloads; the increased need for data sharing to allow roaming to aid payment options; and more reliable customer services.
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles’ The consumer experience at public electric vehicle charge points consultation closes at 11:45am on 10 April 2021. Visit bit.ly/2MkhCsI to have your say.