The UK government will be spending 30 million pounds (RM170 million) in a program called Plugged-In Places to add thousands of new electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid vehicle charging points around the country. On the overall, UK is spending 400 million pounds to encourage development and manufacturing of ultra-low carbon cars.

Local authorities, businesses, electricity distributors, suppliers and other organisations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to apply for the 30 million pounds in two phases. The applicants will need to show how their plans fit into objectives like improving air quality and encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles.

“The UK can be a world leader in electric and low carbon cars. Our aim is for electric and low carbon cars to be an everyday feature on UK roads in less than five years. There is still a lot of work to be done, however Plugged-In Places is one very significant step to a low carbon future,” said Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis.