LAZY councils are ignoring a £4.5million fund to install electric automobile charging stations.
Just 5 internal authorities have practical for the taxpayer cash that would compensate for thousands of plug-in points on UK streets.
The miss of places to charge is the biggest reason for Brits not making the switch to electric cars – and councils aren’t helping.
Government ministers pronounced they are “disappointed” by the low take up and have now created to councils propelling them to cash in.
Authorities accept 75 per cent of the cost of installing charging points as partial of the scheme.
These can be at totally new sites or include converting existent lampposts to charge cars.
The pot of bullion has been accessible given 2016 as partial of a plan to yield entrance to plug-in points for Brits who don’t have a driveway.
Around a third of UK households rest on on-street parking, and many fast-charge home points will only be commissioned in residences with a driveway, garage, or other off-street parking facilities.
Jesse Norman, ride minister, said: “We are in the early stages of an electric series in the UK ride sector, and connectivity is at its heart.
“Millions of homes in the UK do not have off-street parking, so this appropriation is critical to help internal councils safeguard that all their residents can take advantage of this revolution.”
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While electric automobile sales soared by almost 30 per cent last year – charging points have unsuccessful to boost at the same rate and the UK is in risk of blank EU targets.
There are now around 9 electric vehicles per block in the UK.
Jack Cousens, conduct of roads policy for the AA, added: “Eight out of 10 drivers contend that a miss of charging points is a reason because they will not now buy an electric car, so the bad take up of these clearly inexhaustible grants is disappointing.
“As the concentration of the extend is for on-street parking, it would infer profitable to those many residents but entrance to private driveways or other off-street parking.
“However, with internal budgets already hamstrung and cuts to services being made, even the guarantee of appropriation for 3 buliding of the collateral cost may still not be adequate of an inducement for many councils to inspire applications.”