A total of £10 million in initial funding has been awarded to nine local authorities in England who applied to the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot.

In total, 42 local authorities applied for funds from the scheme, launched by the UK Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

The nine successful applicants were Dorset Council; Durham County Council; Kent County Council; Lincolnshire County Council; London Borough of Barnet; North Yorkshire County Council; Nottinghamshire County Council; Suffolk County Council and Warrington Borough Council.

The LEVI fund aims to support the roll-out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across England and encourage large-scale projects that use significant private sector investment.

As well as the £10 million LEVI funding, the project includes significant private investment and other public funding sources, with a total value of £20.5 million.

The Energy Saving Trust manages applications to the scheme, along with its partners Cenex and PA Consulting.

A proposed 1,038 chargepoints will be installed across England, with 300 chargers in pavement channels.

These chargepoints will be delivered as a mixture of on-street charging and hubs.

Support for these local authorities will also include an EV charging insights toolkit, which provides up-to-date data on projected number of changepoints required, the current trajectory for installations, annual revenue, and operational costs for chargepoints.

Further LEVI funding will be open for local authorities to apply for soon.

Hugh Pickerill, programme manager for electric vehicle grants and infrastructure at Energy Saving Trust said, “We are excited to see these projects take off and increase the amount of close to home charging for those without access to off-street parking.

“This is a pioneering scheme that will support access to convenient and reliable EV charging for everyone.”


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