Electric vehicle charging in the region will be 'more accessible than ever before'
Evalu8 Transport Innovations, the company behind Source East, the East of England's electric vehicle recharging network, has welcomed the announcement made today by the Secretary of State for Transport to support the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK with a £37m initiative, stating it is an 'encouraging scene for drivers to take up electric vehicles'.
New funding packageThe new funding package will provide 75% of the cost of installing new posts for home and on-street parking and for people parking plug-in vehicles at railways stations.
In response to the announcement, Dr Keith Bevis, Managing Director of EValu8, owned by the University of Hertfordshire, said: “This announcement is good news for the Source East network and our Local Authorities. There are Source East charging points with every Local Transport Authority in the East of England and we have secured funding to support those authorities who are committing components of their Local Sustainable Transport Funding to Electric Vehicles.”
Benefits to the region
Benefits to the Source East network, which covers counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex together with Peterborough, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Thurrock and Southend, includes a funding injection for the installation of rapid charging points across the region over the next year.
Dr Bevis continued: “This new initiative means there is now greater scope to work together with other transport providers. We are working closely with regional train operators and are currently installing charging points in three stations. We also have plans for ‘eMobility Hubs’ to support the important nodes in the transport map.
“New electric vehicle models are coming to market this year, and with the Government’s new funding, the Source East network will develop and become more accessible, opening up to international roaming and to Pay as you Go options. Altogether it is an encouraging scene for drivers to take up electric vehicles.”
View the full Government announcement, made earlier today.