Tuesday 9 July 2019 1:01 am

Electric vehicle projects to receive £40m in government funding

The government is to inject nearly £40m into a number of transport projects to push ahead electric chargepoint infrastructure in the UK.

Twelve engineering projects, including those that will create underground and wireless charging systems, will receive £37m between them to invest in improving electric vehicle infrastructure across the country.

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has said there has been a 60 per cent increase in battery electric vehicles registrations this year, compared with the same period in 2018.

One of the businesses to be awarded a share of the funds is Urban Foresight, which has received over £3m to roll out ‘pop-up’ charges for electric vehicles drivers without access to off-street parking, while another business, Char.gy, has got its hands on £2.3m to develop wireless technology to charge vehicles.

The latest statistics reveal that in the third quarter of 2018, 16, 387 ultra-low emission vehicles were registered for the first time in the UK, up 12 per cent on the previous year and 49 per cent on 2016.