UK government Workplace Charging Scheme to be expanded

The UK government has announced a £50 million grant programme for the expansion of the electric vehicle Workplace Charging Scheme and support for people living in leased and rented accommodation to get chargepoints.

Industry body Logistics UK has welcomed the move. Denise Beedell, Logistics UK’s Policy Manager for Vans and Urban, commented: “This announcement is a positive step forward in the government’s drive to decarbonise light commercial vehicle (LCV) operations. Respondents to a Logistics UK EV survey noted that access to overnight chargepoints is a key barrier to uptake so we are pleased these concerns have been considered and that additional funding is now available for van operators who take their vehicles home, provided they have access rights to off-street parking.

“The expansion of the Workplace Charging Scheme, which provides funding for up to 40 chargepoints per premises, to small and medium enterprises should be sufficient to cover operators, fleets, staff and visitors for companies of this size. However, sufficient power infrastructure must also be in place to meet this increased demand for electricity before any chargepoints are installed; Logistics UK is calling for a fair and equitable way of apportioning costs for such energy supply upgrades at commercial premises. And, to lead to a greater uptake of EVs among LCV operators, we continue to push for greater electric van model grants, especially for heavier vans over 2.5 tonnes.”

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