As part of the £37m scheme, the Government has announced that it will contribute 75% to the cost of an installed charger at a home address anywhere in the UK. As well as the home charging bonus, the Government has announced some other major benefits for the entire charging network.
Working with local authorities, the new scheme will see a 75% contribution to the cost of installing public chargers such as rapid chargers – which can charge a LEAF to 80% in just 30 minutes – and also other on-street public chargers. In addition, Government is contributing 75% towards the cost of installing charging points at railway stations, while any public sector organisation – such as the police, NHS, local government – wanting an on-site charging point will now have the installation carried out for free.
The announcement comes with production of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF and a new lithium-ion battery plant set to launch at the company’s 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 has developed its own Quick Charger technology and has already donated 86 of these free of charge to the UK to help kick-start the country’s charging network.