Boris Johnson has claimed that a new Conservative government would deliver an additional £500mn investment into electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and new EVs.
Johnson was speaking at the London Electric Vehicle Company’s manufacturing facility in the West Midlands on 13 November. As well as promising each household would be within 30 miles of an EV charging point, Johnson pledged that the party would grow the amount of offshore wind in the UK to 40GW by 2030 – increasing a previous commitment of 30GW in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal. The Conservatives will look to remove barriers and increase support, as well as looking further at floating wind turbines.
In his speech, Johnson also said that the party would double R&D funding, with it reaching £18bn in 2024-25, equating to 0.62% of GDP, with Carbon Capture and Storage another to receive a boost. The party has promised £800mn investment for the transport and storage infrastructure required.