The Department for Transport has allocated £2.5 million to help fund the installation of on-street residential electric vehicle charging points.

According to the DfT, the extra money will fund 1,000 points with the money being placed in the on-street residential chargepoint scheme, launched in 2017, which helps people access charging infrastructure near their homes when they don’t have off-street parking.

The DfT said the money will go towards helping local authorities to install these chargepoints, which can be built into existing structures like lampposts.

So far this year 16 local authorities have used the scheme to install 1,200 chargepoints with the DfT adding more funding “to meet demand and accelerate the take-up of electric vehicles as the UK moves towards net zero emissions by 2050 and further improve air quality.”

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, said: “It’s fantastic that there are now more than 20,000 publicly accessible chargepoints and double the number of electric vehicle chargepoints than petrol stations, but we want to do much more. It’s vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of chargepoints near their homes, and that charging an electric car is seen as easy as plugging in a smartphone.”

He added: “That’s why we are now doubling the funding available for local authorities to continue building the infrastructure we need to super-charge the zero emission revolution – right across the country.”

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, welcomed the announcement: “The success of the UK’s EV revolution hinges on access to charging infrastructure and many neighbourhoods so far feel disconnected. This announcement is therefore very welcome news but there is still a long way to go,” he said. “One of the largest hurdles for prospective electric vehicle owners is charging at home when they do not have an allocated parking space. Considering there are more than 400 local authorities across the UK*, only 4% of them have installed on-street charging in residential areas.”