The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (9 September) announced changes to several electric vehicle (EV) charging schemes alongside the launch of a new app.
Aiming to provide additional support to small businesses and renters to install EV chargepoints, the DfT has opened up the Workplace Charging Scheme and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme to new participants.
The move will see small businesses such as B&Bs gain access to the Workplace Charging Scheme, with an aim of supporting the UK tourism industry and improving access to rural areas.
The Workplace Charging Scheme offers support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.
The changes announced today will also see those in leasehold and rented accommodation given access to the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, which provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing EV chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.
The change has been made to encourage people to make the switch in areas where charging provision is currently more limited and potentially more challenging to secure.
It comes alongside the launch of new app called EV8 Switch, which is backed by £2.7 million of UK Space Agency Funding and shows drivers how close their nearest chargepoints are and which journeys can be completed without the need to top-up en-route.
It also calculates how much money UK drivers could save by switching to an EV compared to their current petrol or diesel vehicle, along with details on the carbon dioxide savings and air quality improvements they could achieve.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the department's goal is to ensure chargepoints are "accessible, affordable and recognisable" while providing drivers with easy access to the tools they need to feel confident about making the switch.
The government published its Transport Decarbonisation Plan in July, with this including commitments such as to regulate later this year to ensure all private chargepoints have smart capability as well as to regulate measures to improve the consumer experience of public charging this year, including opening up public chargepoint data, improving the reliability of the network, streamlining payment methods and increasing pricing transparency.