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.
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