Only five uk councils have made use of funds from the government for electric cars, charging points, something that ministers believe that is to deny people the opportunity to move into Evs.
The minister of transport, Jesse Norman said that despite being “in the early stages of an electric revolution”, boards have been slow to take advantage of government money provided by its Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme.
Launched in 2016, the plan contains £4.5 million of unclaimed money, which can cover 75% of the cost to adapt to the new load points or adapt the lamps to supply power to the chargers.
“Millions of households in the uk does not have street parking, so this funding is important to help the local councils to ensure that all its residents can take advantage of this revolution,” said Norman.
Electric car sales in Britain have grown at an unprecedented pace in the last few months, despite a continuing decline in the overall new car market. In 2017, when the uk market fell by 5.7%, hybrid plug-in hybrid and electric car registrations grew by 34.8% to represent 4.7% of the market. Through the 12 months, 13,500 pure electric cars are sold.
The increase in demand, has encouraged the schemes of load from reinforcement point of the installation. Transport for London was the most active government body, announcing in August last year that it was going to install 1500 new electric car chargers in the streets of the capital between now and 2020.
The promise came after the boroughs of Richmond upon Thames, Hounslow and Westminster were among the first to integrate EV connects to the heritage of street lamps.
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