To unlock the full cost-saving potential of a plug-in electric vehicle, they should ideally be charged at home, wherever possible. Until now, this has typically occurred off-street in garages and driveways. In many parts of the UK – especially in urban areas – off-street parking is not available to most residents.
By installing chargepoints on-street in areas such as these, residents without off-street parking can enjoy the convenience and value of charging their plug-in electric vehicles at home. As more residents use electric vehicles, communities will benefit from improved air quality and will lower their carbon footprint.
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced £2.5 million funding for the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, to increase the availability of plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure for residents who do not have access to off-street parking. Local authorities are invited to submit applications to receive funding towards the installation of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints in residential areas.
Energy Saving Trust is administering this scheme with support from OLEV and can provide advice and guidance to Local Authorities on the preparation of an eligible and successful application. Funding will be allocated to successful applications on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Factsheets for Local Authorities, chargepoint installers and consumers summarise details of the scheme such as the application process, the eligibility criteria, and what the grant covers.
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