The government plans to pump nearly £40m into a series of transport projects which will improve electric chargepoint infrastructure in the UK.

The UK government has confirmed the £37 million fund, announced last year, will be put in to twelve new engineering projects designed to “transform” electric charge-point infrastructure.

Urban Foresight, a “smart city consultancy”, has been given £3 million so it can roll out ‘pop-up’ chargers. These are built into the pavement and rise up for what the government calls “a discreet, safe and low-cost charging solution for electric vehicle drivers without accesss to off-street parking”.

Smart city consultancy Urban Foresight, has been awarded over £3m to install out ‘pop-up’ chargers which are built into the pavement.

Electric charging company Char.gy has been awarded over £2. to develop and install wireless charging tech on streets without the need for cables.

Gridserve will also receive funding to develop the UK’s first solar electric ‘forecourt’, which will charge electric vehicles using solar energy.

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“We’re charging up the transport revolution and investing in technologies to transform the experience for electric vehicle drivers,” said Future of Mobility Minister, Michael Ellis.

“Ensuring the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is reliable and innovative is encouraging more people to join the record numbers of ultra-low emission vehicle users already on UK roads.”

Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles fell by more than 50 per cent in June, in part caused by a change to grant the government’s grant scheme.