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Government offers £9m of subsidies for charging your car at home

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A pot of £9 million is being made available for plug-in electric car drivers to recharge their vehicles at home.

The new “domestic charge point scheme” will be started in September and is available to any ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) owner as well as those who have regular access to an ULEV for work purposes. The scheme will provide up to 75% of the total cost of the charging point as well as installation, for a maximum grant of £900.

The government’s hoping this scheme will encourage more plug-in car use amongst householders, thereby leading to a reduction in emissions. Around 25% of the UK’s domestic emissions come from transport.

This new scheme follows the success of a similar grant last year, which subsidised householders wanting to install the technology to the tune of £13.5 million.

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.”

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