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First recipients of £37m charge point grant revealed

Among the winning bids are numerous local councils and NHS trusts, seven rail companies, three universities and DVLA, while Transport for London is to receive one of the largest grants, at £595,000 over the next year, with £55,750 to follow in 2014/2015.

The announcement comes after an extra £500m was committed to drive forward the market for ultra low emission vehicles, as part of the Government's plans for roads reform published in July.

The coalition government will provide 75% of the cost of installing new chargepoints. 

Transport Minister, Norman Baker, commented: ‘With hundreds of new chargepoints adding to the ever-expanding network of infrastructure, people will be able to recharge their cars at stations, in hospital car parks and on streets all over the country.

‘This is brilliant news for those already using these vehicles and will give greater confidence to those who are considering making the switch to electric. With new models coming to market every month from major motor vehicle manufacturers and running costs of 2p to 3p a mile, these vehicles are an increasingly attractive option for many consumers and businesses.’

Bids are now being invited from train operators, local authorities and the wider public sector for the second round of funding. The closing date for bids to be submitted is the 30 October 2013.

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