A £9 million pot is being made available for plug-in car drivers to recharge their vehicles at home.
The scheme will provide up to 75% of the total cost of the charging point as well as installation – up to a maximum of £900. It is available to any ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) owner and those drivers who have regular access to one for work purposes.
The Government hopes the new domestic charge point scheme – which will come into effect in September this year – will encourage plug-in car use among householders, leading to a reduction in emissions. Around a quarter of domestic carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in the UK come from transport.
The new initiative follows the success of the £13.5 million grant scheme announced last year subsidising householders wishing to install the technology.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “We are launching a successor scheme today to help make this important technology as commonplace in your home as a plug for your kettle. It will also help create British jobs in the sector while also cutting driving costs and carbon and improving air quality.”