UK announces new funding programme for EV chargers

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a new EV charging infrastructure grant. It will subsidise EV charging points at education institutes with up to 2,500 pounds.

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More specifically, it will cover up to 75 per cent of the purchase and installation cost of each charging point, paying up to 2,500 pounds. Previously, the Workplace Charging Scheme covered a maximum of 350 pounds. According to the government website, installing “chargepoint sockets” generally costs between 1,500 and 2,500 pounds, “depending on the area and type of installation.”

The grants are available to state-funded schools, colleges, nurseries and academies. The goal is to increase the number of charge points for staff and visitors. Schools can even generate income by making charging points available to the public.

The education institutes can apply for up to 40 charge points through the scheme. That includes applications by the same institution across different sites and previous applications via the Workplace Charging Scheme.

“This is an exciting opportunity for schools across England to become part of an ongoing move towards a greener public sector,” says Baroness Barran, Minister for the school system and student finance at the Department for Education. “Schools engaging with this grant will be supporting the development of green infrastructure, helping to improve their local environments.”,


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