UK Charging Ahead with £30 Million Investment in EV Charging Stations

Apologies for the Bad Wordplay
UK Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis (nice alliteration) has announced that his government would be investing £30 million in charging stations for electric cars. The initiative is called "Plugged-In Places" and the stations will be located on streets, in car parks and in commercial, retail and leisure facilities in 3 to 6 cities/regions of the UK. Mr. Adonis said: "Our aim is for electric and low carbon cars to be an everyday feature of life on UK's roads in less than five years. There is still a lot of work to be done, however Plugged-In Places is one very significant step putting us firmly on the path to a low carbon future." It is not yet clear how many EV charging stations will be built because that will depend on local participation and how many applicants will step forward to match government investments.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle
This is certainly a welcome initiative. Gas and diesel vehicles have had tons of government help over the years (in so many ways...) that a little investment in charging stations can't hurt. In fact, it might be required to break the chicken-egg problem; fewer people will buy plug-in vehicles if they don't feel like they can find a charging station when they need it, and few charging stations will be built if nobody buys plug-in vehicles... So by getting the ball started in this way, the UK government can help break that vicious cycle.

Via UK Department of Transport
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