The UK government will invest £37 million (US$57 million) for home and on-street charging and for new charge points for people parking plug-in vehicles at railway stations. The government will provide 75% of the cost of installing new charge points. This can be claimed by:
people installing chargepoints where they live;
local authorities installing rapid charge points to facilitate longer journeys, or providing on-street charging on request from residents who have or have ordered plug-in vehicles; and
train operators installing new charge points at railway stations.
The £37 million funding for the package comes from the government’s £400 million (US$617 million) commitment to increase the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles and is available until April 2015.
Specifics of the funding package are:
up to £13.5 million for a 75% grant for homeowners in the United Kingdom wishing to have a domestic chargepoint installed;
an £11 million fund for local authorities in England to install on-street charging for residents who have or have ordered a plug-in vehicle but do not have off-street parking—authorities can apply for up to 75% of the cost of installing a chargepoint;
provide up to 75% of the cost of installing rapid chargepoints in their areas around the strategic road network;
up to £9 million available to fund the installation of chargepoints at railway stations; and
up to £3 million to support the installation of chargepoints on the government and wider public estate by April 2015.