Electric Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 13 December 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Labour, Don Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse to date has been of installing or subsidising (a) uni-directional and (b) bi-directional charge points for electric vehicles in the UK.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Labour, Don Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) uni-directional and (b) bi-directional charge points for electric vehicles have been installed and are operational within the UK.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Labour, Don Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse is planned to be allocated on installing or subsidising (a) uni-directional and (b) bi-directional charge points for electric vehicles within the UK by 2025.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Labour, Don Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) uni- directional and (b) bi-directional charge points for electric vehicles which are planned to be installed within the UK by 2025.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

To date, the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has provided more than £100 million to support the installation of uni-directional chargepoints. The Department has not made an estimation of the cost and the number of uni-directional chargepoints that will be installed in the UK by 2025.

As announced at Budget 2017, a new £400m electric car Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (£200m new Government investment to be matched by private investors) will accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure by providing access to finance to companies that deliver chargepoints.

The Government recognises that Vehicle to Grid (bi-directional) charging capability could become an important service for our energy system, but is still at a relatively early stage of development. OLEV and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are providing funding of £20 million for innovative projects that develop future Vehicle to Grid products, services and knowledge. The outcome of these projects will help inform future development of bi-directional charging.

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