Electric car investment

The Government has announced £37 million of investment for electric car infrastructure.

Full Report: Million pound investment for electric cars

The Transport Secretary was in Sunderland today to launch a 37 million pound plan to introduce more electric car chargepoints and encourage greener travel.

The government will subsidise the installation cost of new chargepoints and it is hoped that more of us will pay the extra money for an electric car, benefitting the region's economy.

Watch the full report from Rachel Bullock below.

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Millions of pounds investment in electric car infrastructure

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin makes Credit: ITV

The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, is in the region today as he announced millions of pounds will be invested in electric car infrastructure.

Drivers with plug-in vehicles are set to benefit from a £37 million funding package for home and on-street charging and for new charge points for people parking plug-in vehicles at railway stations.

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

Mr McLoughlin made the announcement in Sunderland this morning.

Thousands more electric vehicle charge points

The Government is expected to announce thousands of new charging points for electric vehicles that will be installed across the country to tryto boost the market for so-called zero emission cars.

The millions of pounds of funding will be announced at Gateshead College next to Nissan's Sunderland factory, which will soon be making 50,000 Leaf plug-in cars and 60,000 EV batteries every year.

It is part of the second phase of the Plugged in Places scheme which has so far funded 2,800 of the approximately 8,000 charging points for battery powered cars in the UK.