OnTuesday 19 February 2013, the government announced £37million
of funding available for individual households, public sector organisations and
train stations to cover up to 75% of the cost of installing electric vehicle
(EV) charging points.
Ecodrive, one of the UK's leading independent advisors on electric vehicle infrastructure, has suggested that this is a positive step in encouraging more people to consider electric vehicles as an effective mode of transport.
A summit meeting to discuss
the impact of the funding announcement will take place on Friday 22 February
2013 at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro from 9am until
Ecodrive is bringing together the key stakeholders who will
be affected by this announcement. Cornwall Council, the NHS, Cornwall & Devon
Police and First Great Western are some of the businesses that will be invited
to attend the event.
Tim Bryant, Commercial Director of Ecodrive said, "The announcement
is great news as it will provide a considerable contribution towards the
installation of EV charge points at home, in train stations and in key public
sector organisations. The announcement follows
a record year of electric car sales in the UK last year and could mark a key
turning point in making electric vehicles more accessible to a much broader
"The Breakfast Summit event we are holding on Friday morning
is to discuss the many opportunities for Cornwall that this funding represents
with some of the key stakeholders involved.
Cornwall has quickly become one of the UK's fastest growing regions for
retail electric vehicle sales proving that there is a real appetite in the
county for the adoption of innovative technology whenever the sums add up."