Drivers to benefit from £2.2m electric vehicle charge point boost

Drivers in North Yorkshire will have better access to electric vehicle charge points, after being awarded £2.2m through a new pilot backed by £20m worth of Government and industry funding confirmed today (August 24).

Through the Local EV Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot scheme, North Yorkshire Council and industry will work together to create new, commercial EV charging infrastructure for residents, from on-street charge points to larger petrol station-style charging hubs.

The rollout supports the Government’s drive to encourage more motorists to go electric.

The scheme will help residents without private driveways to have better access to EV chargers, as well as growing the charging network across the country, supporting the nation’s uptake of zero emission vehicles and enabling more people to drive without fear of being unable to find a place to charge up.

Decarbonisation Minister, Trudy Harrison, said: “We want to expand and grow our world-leading network of EV charge points, working closely with industry and local government, making it even easier for those without driveways to charge their electric vehicles and support the switch to cleaner travel.

“This scheme will help to level up electric vehicle infrastructure across the country, so that everyone can benefit from healthier neighbourhoods and cleaner air.”

Edmund King, AA president, added: “It is essential that more on-street chargers are delivered to boost the transition to zero emission vehicles for those without home charging.

“This injection of an extra £20m will help bring power to electric drivers across England from Durham to Dorset. This is one further positive step on the road to electrification.”