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New Funding To Accelerate Charge Point Rollout Across The Island

More than £1.6 million will be invested into providing new electric vehicle charge points across the Island.

The Isle of Wight Council secured funding through the government's Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure scheme (LEVI) to support the installation of hundreds of new EV chargers.

Those funds will be used to expand the current network of 33 publicly-accessible EV charge points on the Island to more than 500 charge point sockets by 2030.

In particular, the council wants to plan for residents that do not have off-street parking and who will be completely reliant on the public network.

Cllr Phil Jordan, council Leader and Cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said:

"It's excellent to hear that we've been successful in our funding bid to further support the installation of hundreds of new charge points across the Island.

"There has been an increasing demand for public charging facilities and, with our private sector partners, we’ve been able to install 33 green electricity charge points across the Island.

“I look forward to facilitating more charging options for Islanders and visitors alike over the next couple of years.”

More and more drivers are making the switch to electric vehicles, with fully electric vehicles accounting for over 16 per cent of the new UK car market in 2023, according to industry statistics.

The funding will support the delivery of hundreds of low powered charge points on street, helping more drivers get from A to B easily and supporting Island families make the switch.

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