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£3 Million Boost for Electric Vehicle Chargepoints in Leicestershire

More than £3 million in government funding has been secured to install electric vehicle chargepoints across Leicestershire.

The funding has been awarded to be used for delivery from 2024/25 and is expected to deliver up to 2,500 public electric vehicle charge points in Leicestershire by the end of 2030 to meet the needs of the growing electric vehicle (EV) market.

Leicester Time: £3 Million Boost for Electric Vehicle Chargepoints in Leicestershire
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The funding, which has been secured through the government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure scheme (LEVI), has been welcomed by Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, at Leicestershire County Council.

“This is a fantastic boost for Leicestershire we welcome this investment from central government. It means we can begin the delivery of charge points across the county, but we also look forward to further discussions with the government about future funding for this important infrastructure,” he said.

The locations for the charging points have not yet been identified and the council will now develop a delivery plan. The focus will be on locations with the greatest public need, centring on residential streets where there is a high proportion of housing without access to private off-street parking. 

Residents, businesses, shoppers and commuters will be able to have an input on where they would like to see EV charging points across Leicestershire with a countywide survey on electric vehicles (EV) set to launch in the autumn. This will help the county council better understand current and future demand for public EV charging points.

In 2022, Leicestershire County Council together with Midlands Connect and 4 other Local Authorities secured £1million of funding as part of governments LEVI Pilot, which is expected to attract an additional £2.8million of private sector investment to roll out an initial 349 public EV chargepoints across the midlands. In Leicestershire the LEVI pilot funding will be used for up to 100 EV chargepoints across all seven districts.