Energy regulator Ofgem has approved a £300 million upgrade to expand the UK’s electric vehicle charging network.
The watchdog said the funding – which is part of a wider £40 billion commitment – will go towards more than 200 low-carbon projects across the UK to help the country prepare for more electric transport.
It confirmed that it will partly support installing cables needed to launch “1,800 new ultra-rapid charge points”, tripling the current network.
A further 1,750 charging points will be installed in towns and cities across the UK, it added.
The upgrade will be directed by Ofgem using investment from the Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses.
The investment will take place over the next two years.
RAC EV spokesman Simon Williams said: “This is excellent news and will enable charge point operators to massively boost the number of ultra-rapid charging stations.
“Widespread availability of faster charging facilities will help to give more drivers the confidence to go electric and will also be vitally needed as more people opt for EVs.”
Jonathan Brearley, chief executive of Ofgem, said: “The payment will support the rapid take-up of electric vehicles which will be vital if Britain is to hit its climate change targets.
“Drivers need to be confident that they can charge their car quickly when they need to.”
Transport minister Rachel Maclean said: “I warmly welcome today’s news from Ofgem, which will greatly improve the resilience of our charging network as we build back greener.
“With more than 500,000 electric cars now on UK roads, this will help to increase this number even further as drivers continue to make the switch to cleaner, greener vehicles.”
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