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Government to double number of electric car rapid public chargepoints

Funding boost will see extra 3,000 rapid public chargers installed across the country; review into charge sites also underway

A £70-million Government fund will see the number of public rapid electric car chargepoints in the UK more than double over the next five years, with 3,000 new units installed across the country by 2024.

The funding comes as part of a wider £400-million package that aims to "bolster" Britain's EV infrastructure, and will see the UK's public chargepoint network number 5,000 individual chargers.

A Government review of chargepoint provision across major road networks is also underway, with ministers keen to determine where points can be best-placed for motorists.

 

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This is the same money committed a few months ago but the article mentions progress being made in the proposed schemes. On past experience there is unlikely to be any effective planning regarding siting of charge points.
 

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How much of that budget is allocated to maintanance I wonder ?
Precisely 0, these will be capital expenditure, maintance is under a different budget usually with nothing in it as there are no votes in a paint brush.
This is why you can have a new school but can not get an older one repaired. Also why you get new council buildings rather than maintaining perfectly good ones.
 

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Yet Ecotricity two weeks ago say that they have no government funding. Surely MSAs should be the first priority?
 

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The maths don‘t stack up here. A grant of £70,000,000 for 3,000 rapid chargers gives an average charger cost of £23.3k. Even the latest Energy Savings Trust analysis shows that rapid chargers cost between £20k and £40k (excluding installation costs.) This would lead to a simple conclusion which is that rapids will be located in places where the owner has the infrastructure in place to accept them.
 

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According to yesterday’s Times the government will match pound for pound investments made by commercial charging networks.
This is what the £70 million is earmarked for.
So cuts in half the cost of rolling out a commercial charging network.
So all the current operators should be trying to grab as much of this money as possible.
 

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According to yesterday’s Times the government will match pound for pound investments made by commercial charging networks.
This is what the £70 million is earmarked for.
So cuts in half the cost of rolling out a commercial charging network.
So all the current operators should be trying to grab as much of this money as possible.
That makes a lot more sense than giving money to Councils. Hopefully, the chargers will be placed where there is unfettered access and where they will get used.
 

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Yet Ecotricity two weeks ago say that they have no government funding. Surely MSAs should be the first priority?
UK charging infrastructure funding typically goes to local councils. To date, only the EU has made a meaningful contribution to funding rapids at MSA's.

Ecotricity did take that money. They haven't taken anything significant from the UK government because they couldn't use the money to put chargers where they are needed.

As mentioned above the funding only pays for initial installation. EH are running their networks at a loss.

I'd guess everyone else is too, unless they are spending zero on maintenance and repairs.
 
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