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Hundreds more electric vehicle chargepoints to be installed across West Midlands

Solihull Editorial 24th Feb, 2023   0

DRIVERS of electric vehicles across the West Midlands are set to benefit from hundreds of new charge points – the Department for Transport has announced.

A total of 227 chargepoints will be installed across the region as part of £3million of Government funding which was revealed by Transport Minister Jesse Norman.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will also be given support to deliver many more chargepoints in the long term.

The WMCA will also be given a change to work with private operators to delivering a more comprehensive and reliable network of chargepoints for drivers, according to the Department for Transport.

Ms Norman said: “The Government is giving local authorities across England additional help today to energise their chargepoint roll-out plans.

“This commitment will lead to thousands of new chargers being installed, and plans for tens of thousands extra in due course, so that more people than ever can make the transition to using EVs”.

The £3million is part of a total £56million in government and industry funding to increase electric vehicle chargepoints across the country.

Industry statistics show that over one in five new cars sold in 2022 had a plug while Government statistics show that, at the end of September 2022, there were over one million licensed plug-in vehicles in the UK.

The Government says it has spent over £2billion to support the move to zero emission vehicles, helping drive forward the decarbonisation of the UK’s entire transport system.

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