Government announces extension of funding to drivers with on-street parking

Mon 18 March 2024 View all news

The Government has announced a further tranche of funding to local authorities to support the development of EV charging infrastructure, including making grants available to households who rely on on-street parking for the first time.

The funding is a further part of the £381 million Local Electric Vehicle (LEVI) fund to councils, to support the development of local recharging infrastructure. The Government says that payments to 44 additional councils from Torbay to Tees Valley, worth over £185 million, have now been approved.

The Government has also announced that a grant to reduce the cost of EV ownership worth £350 (or up to 75% of the cost of purchasing and installing a chargepoint socket) will be widened to those who own or rent and have access to "adequate street parking". (Applications must be made before 31 March 2025 and applicants will need the permission of their council to install a cross-pavement charging solution. See associated link for on-line applications.)

Technology and Decarbonisation Minister, Anthony Browne, said:  "This dedicated funding to local councils is part of our plan to ensure people can switch from a petrol or diesel car to an EV when they choose to do so."

To help councils deliver EV infrastructure, a government-funded electric vehicle infrastructure training course is launching following a successful trial. The course is open to all local authorities and will cover key topics from technology to procurement. The Government says that LEVI funding has already helped to place almost 150 dedicated EV officers in councils to support chargepoint planning and delivery.

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