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Fleets to gain from thousands of new plug-in charging points

The package will offer free installation of an onsite charging point to any public sector organisation – such as the police, NHS, local government. In addition the Government will provide 75% of the cost of installing new charge points for local authorities installing rapid charge or on-street charging points, train operators installing new charge points at railway stations and individuals installing charge points where they live.

The package also includes a previously-announced £280k of funding to expand the Energy Saving Trust's Plugged-in Fleets initiative in England to help a further 100 public and private sector fleets to understand and identify where ultra low emission vehicles could work for them.

The £37m funding for the package comes from the Government’s £400m commitment to increase the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles and is available until April 2015.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: ‘This investment underlines the Government’s commitment to making sure that the UK is a world leader in the electric car industry.

‘Plug-in vehicles can help the consumer by offering a good driving experience and low running costs. They can help the environment by cutting pollution. And most importantly of all, they can help the British economy by creating skilled manufacturing jobs in a market that is bound to get bigger.’

The package covers up to £13.5m for homeowners wishing to install charging points, up to £9m for railway stations, £11m for local authorities and up to £3m for the installation on Government and wider public estate.

Business Minister Michael Fallon added: ‘The Government is supporting a range of ultra low emission vehicles. Today’s announcement will make the consumer environment for plug-in vehicles more attractive and, in turn, makes the UK a more compelling place to invest. There are huge business opportunities so we’re committed to ensuring the UK leads the way globally for low carbon vehicles.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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