Three million pounds of Government and industry funding electrifies West Midlands’ chargepoint plans

  • Drivers in the West Midlands to benefit from £3 million of support to continue the expansion of electric vehicle charging  
  • Today’s funding supports growth of the charging network across England, adding a further 227 chargepoints and helping to level up the country’s charging infrastructure 
  • The West Midlands Combined authority is one of 16 local authorities, who will benefit from funding to support electric vehicle chargepoint rollout. 

West Midlands drivers will benefit from an £3 million in Government and industry funding for increasing electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints. 

Today’s (21 February) announcement by Transport Minister Jesse Norman will install up to a further 227 chargepoints in the short term, while working to support the West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver many more in the long term. 

The funding will expand the current Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Pilot, boost the existing On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) and help councils, like the West Midlands Combined Authority secure dedicated resource to develop in-house expertise and capability to coordinate chargepoint plans and work with private operators – delivering a more comprehensive and reliable network of chargepoints for drivers.  

Technology and Decarbonisation Transport Minister, Jesse Norman said:  

“The Government is giving local authorities across England additional help today to energise their chargepoint roll-out plans.  

“Today’s commitment will lead to thousands of new chargers being installed, and plans for tens of thousands extra in due course, so that more people than ever can make the transition to using EVs”.  

Today’s announcement is part of a total £56 million in government and industry funding to increase electric vehicle chargepoints across the country. 

Part of this includes the £8 million LEVI Capability Fund which will equip local authorities with the skills and ambition to scale up their plans when it comes to their charging strategy. 

The funding will help the West Midlands Combined Authority work in tandem with private business, and chargepoint operators will drive the sustainable growth of local networks, building and utilising their collective knowledge and expertise to deliver the most ambitious chargepoints plans for their area. 

Today also sees the Government bringing forward a further £7 million funding for the existing On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, bringing the total funding this year to £37 million. 3,000 chargepoints have already been installed under ORCS with a further 10,000 in the pipeline. 

Several additional funding schemes are already open and available to help install chargepoints for electric vehicles with government support, including the Workplace Charging SchemeLandlord grant and the Private/Rental grant.  

The Government has already spent over £2 billion to support the move to zero emission vehicles, helping drive forward the decarbonisation of the UK’s entire transport system.