The government is pumping nearly £40m into improving the infrastructure for electric vehicles despite a sharp drop in hybrid car sales after state-funded grants were axed. The Department for Transport will invest in UK engineering to “transform” the network of electric charge points. Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles slumped by 50.4% in June after the government scrapped a £2,500 grant. But the DfT said it was “focusing on the cleanest, zero emission models”. New UK car registrations for battery electric cars rose by 61.7% to 2,461 in June compared with the same month last year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
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Wireless electric car charging will be introduced under plans to power up large numbers of vehicles without cluttering the roadside. A government-backed trial will develop technology that can allow vehicles to charge without leaving cables running down the side of the street. Power is transferred from charging pads buried beneath streets. The Department for Transport has awarded £2.3 million to Char.gy, a London-based company, to develop the infrastructure and a simple device that can be retrofitted to existing electric cars to allow them to accept wireless charging. It will be tested for 12 months from December in three local authority areas: Milton Keynes; Buckinghamshire; and the east London borough of Redbridge. The investment is part of government efforts to improve electric car charging amid concerns that a shortage of charge-points may be preventing motorists from switching. In total £37 million is being spent on 12 projects including a solar-powered charging forecourt in Essex.
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Energy giant Centrica has launched a new digital service which helps homeowners find trusted local electric vehicle (EV) charger installers, as part of its drive to secure a 10 to 15 per cent share of the expanding UK market for domestic charge point installations. The firm’s Local Heroes service will help customers to identify what type of EV charger they need for their home via a short digital survey, before finding a trusted tradesperson to install it and unlocking government grants to help towards the cost, Centrica explained.
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