The Government has launched a £30 million initiative, dubbed Plugged-In Places, to set up more charging points for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has encouraged cities and businesses to bid for the money, which will help install charging points on streets, car parks and in commercial, retail and leisure facilities,
Between three and six electric car cities and regions across the UK will be set up to act as trailblazers for the technology.
The feedback from these locations will be taken into account for the future development of a national charging infrastructure.
Lord Adonis said: "The UK can be a world leader in electric and low carbon cars, which is why the Government has already committed around £400 million of support to encourage development and uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles.
"Our aim is for electric and low carbon cars to be an everyday feature of life on UK's roads in less than five years. There is still a lot of work to be done, however Plugged-In Places is one very significant step putting us firmly on the path to a low-carbon future."
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