A further 80 electric vehicle chargepoints will be installed across Norfolk, including potentially around the Broads and the north Norfolk coast, thanks to a £1m boost.

Just a day after Norfolk County Council announced it had struck a deal to install 46 electric car chargepoints in 40 Norwich streets, the government has announced funding that will provide another 80.

Norfolk is one of 16 councils to get a share of money from the government and the electric vehicle industry to provide more points where drivers can charge cars, with £1.1m heading the county's way.

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Graham Plant, Conservative-controlled Norfolk County Council's cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: "This very welcome additional funding will help us build on the successful work we already have under way to boost the number of public electric vehicle chargers across Norfolk, an important part of our work to enable Norfolk to achieve net zero carbon.

"We understand this funding will focus on rural areas, particularly tourist areas, including the Broads National Park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Norfolk coast. We look forward to seeing further detail once it’s available."

Transport minister Jesse Norman's announcement of £1.1m to Norfolk County Council follows County Hall's confirmation on Monday (February 20) that EB Charging has been picked to install electric charge points in Norwich residential streets.

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Mr Norman said: "The government is giving local authorities across England additional help today to energise their chargepoint roll-out plans.  

"Today’s commitment will lead to thousands of new chargers being installed, and plans for tens of thousands extra in due course, so that more people than ever can make the transition to using EVs."

The government says the money will help Norfolk work in tandem with private business, and chargepoint operators to make it more attractive for drivers to switch to electric.