The United Kingdom, believing more and more electric vehicles are the way of its future, continues to see public and private dollars poured into items stretching from greener mass transit to more private electric cars to an expansion of supporting charging infrastructure. It is to this last item the national government is addressing now, announcing recently a significant capital expenditure to bring more charging points to drivers.
Deputy UK prime minister Nick Clegg said more than £9 million is being used to create hundreds more charging points around the country, including 140 new “rapid chargepoints” which can charge an average electric car in less than half an hour. This funding allocation comes from nearly £37 million for electric vehicle infrastructure announced in July 2013, and will help significantly grow the already more than 6,000 public charging stations already in place.
At the same time this was being announced, a related initiative being kicked off in partnership with major auto manufacturers BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall aims to help end common myths and misconceptions that might confuse drivers considering switching to electrics or hybrids. This new “Go Ultra Low” campaign is said to be costing £2.5 million.
“Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles,” said Clegg in a statement.