Funding to benefit plug-in drivers

Funding to benefit plug-in drivers

Owners of plug-in vehicles are set to benefit from a £37 million funding package made available by the Government.

The money, which is available until April 2015, will be used for home and on-street charging as well as installing new charge points at railway stations.

It is part of the Government's £400 million commitment to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles, with the coalition to stump up 75% of the cost of installing new charge points.

People installing charge points at home, local authorities installing on-street charging or rapid charging, and train operators installing new charge points at stations can all apply for funding.

"This investment underlines the Government's commitment to making sure that the UK is a world leader in the electric car industry," said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

In addition to benefiting the consumer through low running costs, he added that plug-in vehicles can also aid the environment and help the British economy.

Business Minister Michael Fallon agreed, stating: "Today's announcement will make the consumer environment for plug-in vehicles more attractive and, in turn, makes the UK a more compelling place to invest."

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