Government to finance connection costs for 350kW chargers across strategic road network

A new government fund is to help pay for connection costs to enable the installation of high-powered charging (HPC) at motorway sites across England.

The Rapid Charging Fund – which was first announced in the 2020 Budget – will be available to fund a portion of costs at strategic sites where upgrading connections to meet future demand for HPC is “prohibitively expensive and uncommercial”, supporting several governmental ambitions.

Milton Keynes 'Mushrooms' Charging Hub (Image: T. Larkum)

Milton Keynes ‘Mushrooms’ Charging Hub (Image: T. Larkum)

One such ambition is that by 2023, six HPC points between 150kW and 350kW will be available at motorway service areas in England, with some larger sites having up to 10-12 chargers.

Secondly, by 2030 this network is expected to be “extensive”, with the government planning for there to be 2,500 HPC points across England’s motorways and major A roads. This increases to 6,000 by 2035, the date the government is consulting on to ban sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles.

Timing and delivery of the funding is to be confirmed in due course, the government said. No details as to how much funding will be available has been disclosed.

It listed expectations it had for new chargepoints to make them easy to use and hassle-free, including that they are able to take credit and debit card payments and will be available 99% of the time.

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