The U.K. government will invest £37 million (264 million Turkish Lira) in engineering to transform electric vehicle charging infrastructure, the Department for Transport announced on Tuesday.
A total of 12 projects are set to receive a share of the funding, to support the creation of innovations including solar-powered forecourts, underground charging systems and electric vehicle wireless charging systems.
Other projects include rolling out chargers that are built into the pavement to provide a discreet, safe and low-cost charging solution for electric vehicle drivers and installing charge-points in car parks to allow for mass charging at night.
"Ensuring the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is reliable and innovative is encouraging more people to join the record numbers of ultra-low emission vehicle users already on U.K. roads," said Michael Ellis, future of mobility minister.
The funding is part of the government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which aims to put the U.K. at the forefront of the design and manufacture of zero emission vehicles. The initiative also sets an ambition for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.
By Zeynep Beyza Kilic