The Department for Transport has awarded £37 million to 12 projects which aim to improve electric vehicle charging.

Winners include Urban Electric, which has been awarded £3 million to roll-out pop-up charging points which are built into the pavement, while Char.gy, an electric charging company, has been awarded £2.3 million and will use the funding to deploy wireless charging technology on residential streets without the need for trailing cables and additional infrastructure.

Other winners include:

  • a renovation project installing chargepoints in car parks to allow for mass charging at night
  • a project leveraging existing Virgin Media physical and online infrastructure to deliver cost-effective and widespread charging, using high speed internet connections to better share information online on charging progress and parking spaces
  • a storage and advanced electronics project that will deliver semi-rapid charging using a low power grid connection minimising the need for costly substation upgrades

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Initial 3 month feasibility studies have been completed and successful projects are moving onto the next stage of development, the DfT said.

Future of mobility minister, Michael Ellis, said: “We’re charging up the transport revolution and investing in technologies to transform the experience for electric vehicle drivers. Ensuring the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is reliable and innovative is encouraging more people to join the record numbers of ultra-low emission vehicle users already on UK roads.”