Monday, 23 August 2010

Electric car charging station programme may escape cuts

Further to our post last week about the number of electric car grants being cut by the Government (see more here), I spotted this snippet in the Guardian a few days later.

Basically, the Government's spending review is rumoured to be saving the Plugged-in Places scheme, whereby the groundwork would be laid for charging points across the UK.

The Guardian understands that the plans have been approved in principle although details of funding and logistics have yet to be confirmed.

With London, Milton Keynes and the North East already enjoying a share of an £8.8million match fund from the Department of Transport, the motor industry and electric car manufacturers in particular are watching very closely after putting the Government under pressure and could reverse their decisions to build / locate electric car plants in the UK if the charging scheme doesn't get the backing.

There are apparently just 100 charging points currently in the UK.

Read the Guardian's full report by clicking here. It's well worth a read.

photo credit: whatleydude

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