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Government earmarks £43 million for plug-in infrastructure and research

A wave of charge points to support the growing popularity of plug-in vehicles will be installed across the UK after the Government set out £32 million of infrastructure support up to 2020.

Homes, hospitals, train stations and A-roads will be some of the locations earmarked for further chargepoints.

In addition, another £11 million of funding has been announced to boost the UK’s position as a world leader in low emission vehicle technology innovation.

The funding will be provided to 50 organisations, ranging from small businesses to major universities, working together on 15 research and development projects.

They include:

  • The creation of a novel recycled carbon fibre material that will bring lightweight, low cost vehicle chassis structures to the mass market (led by Gordon Murray Design).
  • Development of a zero emission electric bus with hydrogen fuel cell range extender at a fraction of the cost of the current generation of hydrogen buses (led by Magtec).
  • A prototype zero-emission power and cooling system adapted from a cutting-edge liquid nitrogen powered engine that will dramatically reduce the CO2 emissions from refrigerated trucks and air-conditioned buses (led by Dearman Engine Company).

Transport minister Baroness Kramer announced the funding during a visit to Nissan’s European technical development centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, yesterday (February 26, 2015).

Earlier, the minister visited Gordon Murray Design in Guildford, one of the recipients of the new research funding, before touring McLaren’s technology and production centres at Woking.

Baroness Kramer said: “The funding announced today marks another milestone in the government’s support for ultra low emission vehicles as their popularity takes off.

“The public will find it even easier to charge their cars when they are out and about thanks to our £8 million commitment to support new chargepoints across key locations in our towns and cities. And we have today announced another £15 million to continue to back the rollout of convenient home chargepoints across the country.

“Our support to the ULEV industry will help ensure the innovation that is a hallmark of the British automotive industry will continue to drive development in this vital growth sector.”

The niche vehicle sector, which makes everything from premium sports cars to double decker buses, is a key strength for UK industry and another £500,000 funding will be provided this year to support the development of carbon-saving cutting edge technologies.

The £32 million infrastructure commitment will include:

  • £15 million to continue the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. ULEV drivers will receive a 75% grant of up to £700 towards installation from 13 April 2015.
  • £8 million to support public charging infrastructure across the UK which, alongside £15 million Highways Agency funding announced in Autumn 2014, will deliver chargepoints on major roads and across towns and cities- bidding for these schemes will open in May 2015.
  • £9 million to address other infrastructure priorities, for example, ensuring that the UK’s world-class chargepoint network remains accessible and open for users - further details will be announced later this year.

The Government and industry are also working closely on the Go Ultra Low campaign to increase consumer and fleet uptake.

Seven major vehicle manufacturers and the government are backing Go Ultra Low to highlight the increasing variety and benefits of ULEVs.

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  • Ste - 27/02/2015 13:40

    We need to build more nuclear power stations. We could all be whizzing around in electric cars with no carbon emissions from the car or the source. UK should have been building decent breeder reactors (which re-use most of thier waste) for the last 50 years. Look at France, not a lot of difference in energy bills vs UK, plenty of energy they can sell to others with no air emissions and a lot of jobs and expertise in nuclear they can also sell. Nuclear waste is minimal when compared to carbon emissions e.g. all the nuclear waste ever produced in the U.S. would fill the bottom of one foot ball pitch, so when you think how big the U.S. is and put that against burning carbon and all the dirt and pollutants, its a no brainer. As for earthquakes, well you just dont build them in those risk areas! Dont believe the hype!

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