A £35m package to boost the uptake of ultra-low emission cars and scooters has been announced by transport minister John Hayes.
The fresh funding commitment is intended to provide thousands more electric vehicle chargepoints on streets and at workplaces.
Hayes said: “No matter what mode of transport you need – a scooter to get to work, a car or a van to run your business – we are here to help you do it with zero emissions.
“The number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads are at record levels and new registrations have risen by 250% in just over two years.
“We are committing £35m to help install new chargepoints and offer new grants as we aim for nearly all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050.
The funding announced includes:
• next steps of a £20m competition that will help councils roll out chargepoints for ultra-low emission taxis;
• up to £10m funding for chargepoints outside workplaces and homes where there is no off-street parking;
• launch of an initial £3.75m scheme to encourage uptake of zero emission motorcycles and scooters; and
• £2m awarded to public and private sector organisations to deploy hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.