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Electric Vehicles

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost of establishing a recharging point for electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles. (279585)

The cost of installing a recharging point for electric vehicles will depend on what type of technology is used, its location and what, if any, ancillary work—for example ground works, utility connection, signage—is needed. Procuring points in volume or where supporting infrastructure already exists is likely to be significantly cheaper.

As a broad indication of the range of possible costs, free standing on street charging points may cost between £500 and £3,500, with accompanying street works where required costing up to £5,000. The total cost of installing a plug point on a wall where a power supply exists may be in the region of £250 to £1,000. More innovative fast charging or battery swap infrastructure would be more expensive to deliver.

It should also be noted that many motorists are likely to choose to recharge their electric and plug in hybrid vehicles at home overnight, provided they have secure access to a standard 13 amp socket. This would not cost anything at all.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many recharging points for electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles he expects to be procured from the £20 million allocated for that purpose in the 2009 Budget. (279586)

The Secretary of State for Transport announced in April that up to £20 million will be provided by the Department to support the development of infrastructure supporting electric vehicles in select lead cities and regions in the UK. An estimate has not been made at this time as to the total number of recharging points likely to be procured under the scheme. A range of charging technologies and infrastructure solutions exist, which vary in scale and cost. The total number of recharging points supported from the £20 million allocated will therefore depend on local plans and requirements.

Applications for funding will be judged on a range of criteria, which will include the number of public charging points delivered. Further details on the scheme will be announced shortly.