Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th March 2023.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to (a) accelerate the rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure to motorway service areas and (b) ensure those areas are able to access the rapid charging fund.
The Government is working closely with motorway service area (MSA) operators to support them in the rollout of electric vehicle chargepoints. Over 97% of MSAs in England currently have rapid charging available. As of March 2023, MSAs in England support drivers with more than 400 open access chargepoints, over 230 of which are rapid (50kW), and over 200 are ultra-rapid (150kW+).
This Government will continue to engage with industry on the development of the Rapid Charging Fund (RCF) to understand their views and gain insight. As part of the RCF, the Government will also identify areas that will be most in need of funding along the strategic road network.
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