Following the Government’s pledge to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in Britain by 2040 a host of support schemes for electric vehicles were announced in the Autumn Statement, including a Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund to accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure, and more money to help people buy electric cars. Already 2018 has seen a flurry of announcements from both policymakers and energy companies, including the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announcing £30million of investment in 21 vehicle to grid projects that could enable electric vehicles to deliver electricity back to the smart grid. Just last week OVO Energy launched a bi-directional Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Charger that will allow consumers to charge their batteries when electricity is cheap and then sell back excess power to the grid at times of peak demand. Despite these positive developments some of the basics of delivering charging infrastructure are being missed. In January the Government highlighted that £4.5million of funding remains in the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme with just 5 councils applying to the scheme which provides up to 75% of the cost of procuring and installing charge-points.
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