Petrol ban in just a few years but some councils have still given no money for EV rollout

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Chris Pateman-Jones, founder of Connected Kerb said there were “real variations” to the commitment of resources for electric car projects across the UK. Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said he had been pushing the Government to spend some grant money to “support capability in some councils”.

However, he warned there was “direct correlation” between areas that had dedicated funds and their preparedness for transition.

Mr Pateman-Jones said: “When we go to councils around the UK, there are real variations to the dedication of resources to this topic.

“Some councils have dedicated resources looking at charging infrastructure and EV transition, and others have none.

“There is a direct correlation between those who have dedicated resources to those who deployed a lot of charging points and are able to support the community in making the transition.

“When we talk to Government about the grants available, we talk a lot around ‘maybe you should be spending those grants supporting additional capability in some of these councils’.”

His comments come just weeks after a new report from EV experts DevicePilot found more than half of UK council had made no investment in EV charging over the past year.

The report claims almost two-thirds of UK councils had received complaints about the availability or reliability of charging points.

However, the report said councils had received around 15 percent less funding from the Government for EV infrastructure over the past 12 months.

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The Government’s Ten Point Plan commits £1.3billion to charging infrastructure across the Uk.

However, the Greene Finance Institute (GFI) says £950million of this will go on motorway charging stations, with just £90million set for local infrastructure projects.

The GFI also warns “there is no requirement” for local areas to provide charging points and it was simply “up to them to decide” based on local priorities.

The GFI said this risked the market becoming “unevenly distributed” which could “slow mass EV uptake”.

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