Friday, 22 February 2013

Electric car charging points in garages and driveways get 75% subsidy

The government has announced that it will cover up to 75% of the cost of installing charging points for electric vehicles in garages and driveways.

Drivers with off-street parking who want to install the facility will be expected to cover the remaining 25%.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said ministers were committed to ensuring that the UK was a "world leader in the electric car industry".

Ministers also want councils to install more on-street charging points.

The Department for Transport estimates that it costs about £10,000 to install a power point capable of charging two vehicles at once in a residential street.

Local authorities will therefore be expected to provide about £2,500 towards the cost of installing each new charging point.

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