Hundreds of new electric vehicle (EV) charging points will be rolled out across Buckinghamshire, the council has said.

The unitary authority said it had secured just shy of £2m of government funding for the on-street EV charge points.

The move targets areas which have little off-street parking to help more people in Bucks use electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles produce fewer greenhouses gases and pollutants than those powered by petrol or diesel.

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There are currently 294 publicly-accessible EV charge points run by different operators in Bucks, which the council aims to increase to 1,000 by the end of 2027.

The council says the new money from the government’s local electric vehicle infrastructure capital fund will help it achieve its target.

The fund is designed to support from people who cannot install their own charge points at home.

The council highlighted its ongoing Wendover electric vehicle charging trial and the on-street residential charge point scheme to provide 160 EV-only charging spaces in council parks.

The council’s cabinet member for transport Steven Broadbent hailed the ‘excellent’ news that the council’s funding bid was successful.

He said: “It will not only help us work towards reaching our target of 1,000 publicly-accessible EV charging spaces in the county by 2027, but it’s also another great example of the extent of the work we’re doing to tackle climate change here in Buckinghamshire.”