Britain set for £1.6BILLION network of tap-and-go electric car charge points

BRITAIN will adopt a tap-and-go network of charging points to boost the switch to green electric cars.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told The Sun the points will be contactless so consumers can easily top up from every lamp post.

He said: “I want it to be a convenience thing, especially if you don’t have a driveway.

"You’ll be able to charge if you go to the shops, or on route to your destination — and pay by using your phone or your credit card.”

His plan is to have around 300,000 charging points by the end of the decade.

The scheme will be backed by £1.6billion in Government funds.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “We’re powering ahead with plans to help British people go electric, with our expanding charging network making journeys easier right across the country.

“Clean transport isn’t just better for the environment, but is another way we can drive down our dependence on external energy supplies.”

Last night the AA welcomed the roll out but said more needed to be done to improve charging in rural areas.

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