More than half a billion pounds will be invested to develop “green technologies” and boost electric vehicle infrastructure, UK Government ministers have announced.
£400 million will be used to boost Britain’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with £70 million allocated toward the construction and development of 3,000 charging points across the country – a move which doubles the number to 5,000 nationwide.
While the UK already has one of the largest electric vehicle charging networks in Europe, the government said this fresh investment boost underlines its intention to improve electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the country.
This latest investment adds to the government’s £1.5 billion initiative to boost the uptake of electric vehicles and end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.
A review is also underway to explore the provision of charge points across major road networks throughout the country. Longterm, these plans could see drivers charging their car en-masse whilst parked at service stations in the future.
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Commenting on the announcement, transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “It’s fantastic there is already a rapid charge point at almost every motorway service station, and now more charging stations than petrol stations. But I want to see thousands more charge points installed across the UK.
“This fund will help drum up further investment in charging infrastructure from the private sector so charging an electric car becomes as easy as plugging in a smartphone.”
Ministers also announced more than £31 million in funding for research into technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, as well as £22 million to research how to minimalise the health impact of air pollutants across the country.
The added investment in these areas will help support the country as it continues to work toward the government’s ‘net zero’ ambitions and address growing concerns over climate change.
Kwasi Kwarteng, minister for business, energy and clean growth, said: “The UK has been going further and faster in tackling climate change by becoming the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050 and helping us seize the opportunities of a greener future.
“With air pollution thought to kill as many as seven million people a year globally, it’s clear more needs to be done.”
Kwarteng added: “That’s why we’re backing these initiatives, aimed at making improvements from battling air pollutants to protecting our invaluable sea life. These pioneering projects will help us maintain our world-leading position in this field, and to make further strides toward a more sustainable future for our planet.”