Nissan Welcomes Government Commitment To Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Having an electric car will become easier to own and run with the Government Committing to investing in the UK’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The Government has announced that they will contribute 75% to the 37 million pound scheme. This cost is to install chargers at home address’s anywhere in the UK. Aswell as the home charging bonus, that the Government announced.
Local authorities and the Government will be working together, on the new scheme, giving 75% contribution to the cost of installing public chargers such as rapid chargers (which can charge a LEAF to 80% in just 30 minutes). Also other on-street public chargers will be installed. The Government is also contributing 75% towards the cost of installing charging points at railway stations, any public sector organistation’s such as the police, NHS, local government, this will be done free of charge.
The announcement has come at the same time as Nissan have announced that the production of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF and a new lithium-ion battery plant which are set to launch at there record-breaking Sunderland Plant this Spring.
John Martin, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Manufacturing in Europe, said: “We are at a crossroads in personal mobility. Nissan is proudly pioneering zero emission technology through our UK operations and we are delighted that the UK Government is showing it shares our commitment to the transport of the future.
“Electric vehicles become a way of life if the charging infrastructure is in place and Governments are committed to helping drivers to make the switch. We know this from the experiences of Nissan LEAF drivers in countries like Norway where a network of charge points is already in place.
“Manufacturing lithium-ion batteries and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF at our Sunderland Plant has already put the UK at the forefront of electric vehicle technology. This announcement has the potential to make the UK a global leader in EV infrastructure and in turn to accelerate the introduction of electric vehicles in Britain.”
Nissan have also developed its own Quick Charger technology and donated 86 of these, free of charge to the UK to help start the country’s charging network.