Whitehall insiders told BusinessGreen.com that the government has approved the plans “in principle”, although details of funding and logistics have yet to be confirmed. “It’s almost been given the nod,” said one government source. “The government supports the scheme in principle, but in terms of funding and how it would work, that is to be decided in the spending review.”
The Department for Transport has this year awarded £8.8m in match funding to the first three “plugged-in places”, financing the rollout of recharging points in London, Milton Keynes and the North East. Under the scheme, the three regions plan to install a total of 2,500 additional charging points in the first year of the rollout and about 11,000 over the next three years.
A recent report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed that currently there are just 100 charging points around the UK, although some of those points offer multiple charging hubs.