The Department for Transport (DfT) is extending its programme that provides up to £350 towards the cost of an EV chargepoint, to people in rented and leasehold accommodation.
It says the decision to expand the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) will bring the UK one step closer to building and operating a public chargepoint network “that is affordable, reliable and accessible for all drivers.”
Also, the DfT is opening up the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) to small to medium enterprises (SMEs), including small accommodation businesses like B&Bs, as well as the charity sector.
The Government is committing an initial £50m to expand the schemes.
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said, “As the UK accelerates towards net-zero emissions by 2050, we are determined to deliver a world-leading electric vehicle charging network, as we build back greener and support economic growth across the country.”
CEO of Co Charger, Joel Teague, said, “From a Co Charger point of view, this announcement is particularly welcome because it will put more chargepoints into homes and businesses where they can be shared with their neighbourhoods.
“Dependable, affordable charging while at home or work is essential for people to make the switch to electric motoring, and by sharing these newly funded chargepoints communities will be able to meet that need.
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) national chair, Mike Cherry, added, “It’s great to see the Department for Transport putting businesses front and centre as part of the UK’s mission to achieve net-zero by 2050.
“Small businesses want to play a critical role in helping the UK reach its green targets, and electric vehicles are the future. That’s why this is important news for the nation, particularly rural areas which are often left behind.”