Electric charging point

The government has revealed plans to invest £40 million in improving infrastructure for electric vehicles across the country.

The Department for Transport says the plans will “transform” the UK’s existing network of charging points with wireless and “pop-up” charging technology.

It comes despite a 50% drop in sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles in June after the government scrapped a £2,500 grant. However, there was a 61% rise in all-electric vehicle sales in June. The government said it was focusing its efforts on the “cleanest, zero emission models”.

A DfT spokesperson said: “The plug-in car grant has supported the purchase of 180,000 new cars with over £700m, including 100,000 plug-in hybrids.”

In addition to scrapping its grant for plug-in purchases, the government also reduced its grant for all-electric vehicles from £4,500 to £3,500. Last year, the government announced that it would ban the sale of all conventional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 in a bid to reduce the country’s emissions.