As part of its £250 million (A$519 million) initiative to covert British drivers to green motoring by 2011, the UK Department for Transport today announced an intention to provide £20 million (A$41.5 million) for electric vehicle charging points and related infrastructure.
The Brits have been quite proactive in adopting EVs and related technology since installing their first charging station in central London back in 2006. Next month London will see the opening of its 100th EV charging station.
Currently an additional 60 charging stations exist around the UK.
Having ample infrastructure and a government that contributes up to £5000 (A$10,400) toward the cost of buying an electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicle is helping with the UK’s plans to move more motorists towards zero emission motoring, but have they done enough to call themselves “green” or is the contribution a token effort.
Either way, we can only sit back and wonder when Australia’s powers that be will follow suit.