Government cash will increase number of electric car charging points

Nick Clegg charging an electric car. Credit: Cabinet Office.

The Deputy Prime Minister has announced more than half a million pounds in funding for East Anglia to increase the number of electric car charging points.

The cash will lead to 29 rapid vehicle charge points being installed in the East of England.

However just two local authority areas are to benefit. Suffolk will receive £337,500 while King's Lynn and West Norfolk gets £222,183.

The grants aim to make the use of electric cars easier outside of London, where there are already more charging points than filling stations, and make the UK a key player in the production of them.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles.

Across the country, more than £9million has been allocated in the latest round of grants.

“This means we can lower UK emissions and create high-tech engineering and manufacturing jobs to boost our economy,” said Mr Clegg.