Britain's Department for Transport (DfT) says small businesses and those in leasehold and rented accommodation will benefit from up to GBP50m (US$70m) to install electric vehicle charge-points.

The DfT revealed the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provides up to GBP350 towards a charge-point, will continue next year and be expanded to target people in rented and leasehold accommodation.

At the same time, the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) will be opened up to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and the charity sector. The changes will also mean small accommodation businesses, such as B&Bs can benefit from the funding.

The investment comes as the Department launches a consultation on improving the charging experience.

"Whether you're on the school run or travelling to work, or don't have access to a private parking space, today's announcement will bring us one step closer to building and operating a public charge-point network that is affordable, reliable and accessible for all drivers," said Transport Minister, Rachel Maclean.

"As the UK accelerates towards net-zero emissions by 2050, we are determined to deliver a world-leading electric vehicle charging network, as we build back greener and support economic growth across the country."

The consultation suggests simplifying payment at charge-points, meaning electric vehicle drivers can use contactless payment but do not have to download an app. It also seeks to make charge-points more reliable and ensure operators provide a 24/7 call helpline for drivers.

Drivers should also be able to find and access charge-points easily, which is why the DfT is proposing operators should make location data, power rating and price information more accessible for drivers.

The investment follows GBP20m announced last week for Councils to improve on-street charging infrastructure.

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