The sale of new petrol and diesel cars is set to be banned in the UK by the end of the decade as the government pushes towards lowering the impact of vehicle emissions.
By 2035 the government’s aim is to require all new vehicles sold to be zero emission (fully electric) and have said they’ll commit £2.5billion to support the move towards electric vehicles.
It’s thought about £20m in funding will be made available in 2022 and 2023 to a maximum funding value of £7,500 per project, or £13,000 in areas where the cost of connecting charge points to a supply are higher than normal.
Part of this move is to increase the number of publicly available charge points that are available to consumers.
To help increase the number of charge points available in public places, the government’s On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme helps reduce some of the costs.
In the quick guide we’ll look at the main points of the scheme, as well as address some of the changes that have come into force in 2022.
What is the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme?
The charge point scheme provides grant funding to councils that can part-fund the purchase and installation costs of electric vehicle chargepoints on residential streets where off road parking isn’t available.
Its primary goal is to increase the number of chargepoints in congested areas where off-street parking is limited.
What changes are being made to the scheme from 2022/23?
As the government steps up its goal towards restricting the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, changes to the residential chargepoint scheme are expected to open up access to the funds to more projects.
According to the Government, the changes to the scheme (which take effect from the 2022/23 financial year) will give more councils access to the funding, improve consumers’ experience of charging their vehicle in public and open up the places where charge points can be installed.
It means the scheme will now provide a maximum of 60% funding towards capital costs of installations.
As part of the scheme, any charge points installed must have a “minimum payment method” like a contactless card.
It’s hoped this will open up options for drivers of electric vehicles without mobile wallets on a mobile or smart phone – or those who are unable to pay on their phone.
The final change in the residential charging unit scheme is that funding will also be made available for charge points to be installed on land not owned by the local council (although they can’t be installed on a private driveway)
Although these projects will be determined and approved on an individual basis the Government gives village hall car parks and similar public spaces as an example of the kind of areas where chargers can be installed on land not owned by the local authority.
Want to get an Electric Car Charger installed?
Public electric car chargers are an excellent way to encourage more visitors to town or city centres and to improve the charging infrastructure needed for the rise in electric cars.
If you’re a local authority or group that wants to find out more about installing an electric vehicle charge point using the on-street residential chargepoint scheme, get in touch.
At Downtown Electrical our engineers and installers or qualified and registered to install all the major brand electric car charge stations in public areas as well as private dwellings.
We can work with you to help you plan the installation of the charging station to ensure you get the most out of the investment.
We can also help you apply for any relevant government grants to ensure you get your charging station installed with minimal cost.
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