Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has allocated from the public purse to (a) electric vehicle charging infrastructure and (b) hydrogen vehicle refuelling infrastructure in each of the last five years.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Funding allocated to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure in each of the last five years is as follows:

  • Spending Review 2015: £20m to install chargepoint infrastructure dedicated to electric taxis and private hire vehicles

  • Autumn Statement 2016: £80m to support the installation of chargepoints in the home, workplace and on-street

  • Autumn Budget 2017: £200m for the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund

  • March Budget 2020: £500m for charging infrastructure over the next five years

  • The Government has provided £40m of funding via our Go Ultra Low city scheme to 8 cities across the UK to support uptake of ultra low emission vehicles in those cities. To date, well over 2500 chargepoints have been installed as part of this scheme, including the first 350kW enabled EV charging station in the UK

    The Government and industry have supported the installation of over 18,000 publicly available charging devices and over 130,000 domestic chargepoints.

    With regard to hydrogen, the Office for Low Emission Vehicle’s £4.8m Hydrogen for Transport Advancement programme (HyTAP) programme was launched in 2015 to funded hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. In 2017 Government provided £23m Hydrogen for its Transport Programme to increase the uptake of fuel cell electric vehicles and expand hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Through this funding, the UK now has one of the largest publicly-accessible hydrogen refuelling station networks in Europe.

    Our approach to delivering our ambitions for greener transport is technology neutral, supporting different zero emission technologies where the market favours their use.

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