Government announces £37million investment to improve Britain's electric vehicle charging networkDPA

Range anxiety and the lack of charging infrastructure in this country is the main contributing factor to the relatively small amount of electric vehicles sold last year.

But in a move that should please potential EV customers, the government has revealed it will contribute 75% towards the cost of installing a charger at a home address anywhere in the UK.

Other benefits to the network include a 75% contribution towards public chargers, such as rapid charge units capable of re-juicing a Nissan Leaf to 80% in 20 minutes.

In addition, the government is making the same contribution to charging points at train stations while public sector organisations such as the police or the NHS wanting an on-site charging point will now have the installation carried out for free.

The Department for Transport says it costs between £1,000 and £1,500 for customers with garages or driveways to install charging points, and will fund 75% of this up to a maximum contribution of £1,000.

Despite advances in technology made by firms such as Nissan, many customers are still put off buying EVs due to the lack of a national charging network.

The new government investment will mean many more people can afford to have a charging point installed in their home, potentially making fuel-free motoring more attractive.

John Martin, Nissan's Senior Vice President for Manufacturing in Europe, said: "We are at a crossroads in personal mobility. Nissan is proudly pioneering zero emission technology through our UK operations and we are delighted that the UK Government is showing it shares our commitment to the transport of the future.

"Electric vehicles become a way of life if the charging infrastructure is in place and Governments are committed to helping drivers to make the switch."