The government is unwilling so far to fund hardship loans for landlords or tenants caught up in the pandemic, but it’s got the cash to extend its electric car charge-point scheme to include rental properties, it has been announced.
Revealed this week, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme is to now include rented and leasehold accommodation and provide £350 towards a charge-point.
The grant provides a 75% contribution to the cost of one charge-point; the main requirement is that someone owns, leases, or has ordered a qualifying vehicle and has dedicated off-street parking at their property.
At the same time, the Workplace Charging Scheme is being opened up to small accommodation businesses such as B&Bs, which will be able to benefit from new funding.
This aims to boost rural areas and tackle ‘range anxiety’ associated with long journeys, as part of the government’s overall £50 million investment in the green technology.
Transport minister Rachel Maclean (pictured) says: “Whether you’re on the school run or travelling to work, or don’t have access to a private parking space, today’s announcement will bring us one step closer to building and operating a public charge-point network that is affordable, reliable and accessible for all drivers.”
An ongoing consultation suggests simplifying payment at charge-points, meaning that electric vehicle drivers can use contactless payment but don’t have to download an app.
It also seeks to make charge-points more reliable and to force operators to provide a 24/7 call helpline for drivers.
She adds: “This is essential for ensuring costs are fair, for driving competition, and for increasing the confidence of both existing electric vehicle drivers and those considering making the switch.”