£70m investment in rapid charging points

£70m investment in rapid charging points
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The government is investing £70 million to create 3,000 new rapid charging points for electric vehicles across the UK.

This will more than double the number across the UK to 5,000. Rapid charge points can recharge a family car in as little as 20 minutes, compared to existing technology which can take 40 minutes - making the reality of driving electric vehicles easier and more accessible for people across the country.  

A review is currently underway to explore the provision of charge points across major road networks, meaning drivers could charge their car whilst stopping for a coffee at a service station. 

The government has also confirmed £31.5m for research into pioneering technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and £22m to research new kinds of air pollutants and minimise their effects on public health. 

Exchequer Secretary Simon Clarke said: "We are driving ahead with plans to make travel greener while backing British innovation and technology. 

"I am delighted to announce this funding today that will more than double the number of rapid charge points for electric vehicles on our roads. Britain already boasts one of the biggest networks of charging infrastructure in Europe and soon we will have the fastest thanks to this investment. 

"This is the latest in our proud record on climate change -having slashed emissions by over 40% since 1990, whilst simultaneously growing our economy, and setting an ambitious target for net zero emissions by 2050." 

Business, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng added: "The UK has been going further and faster in tackling climate change by becoming the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050 and helping us seize the opportunities of a greener future. With air pollution thought to kill as many as seven million people a year globally, it's clear more needs to be done. 

"That's why we're backing these initiatives, aimed at making improvements from battling air pollutants to protecting our invaluable sea life. These pioneering projects will help us maintain our world-leading position in this field, and to make further strides towards a more sustainable future for our planet." 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented: "It's fantastic there is already a rapid chargepoint at almost every motorway service station, and now more charging stations than petrol stations. But I want to see thousands more chargepoints installed across the UK. 

"This fund will help drum up further investment in charging infrastructure from the private sector, so charging an electric car becomes as easy as plugging in a smart phone." 

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