Charging an electric car or van in Swindon should become much easier a year from now as up to 600 more charging points will be put in across the borough in early 2025.

Swindon Borough Council has been successful in a bid for a grant of £2.3million from central government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund.

The council says the plan is to put most of the charging points in residential streets and it is particularly keen to talk to people who live in areas where there is not access to charging facilities or off-street parking for residents.

Councillor Chris Watts, the cabinet member for the environment and transport, said: “It’s great news that we have been awarded this significant pot of money to install more on-street charging points as we want to make electric vehicle ownership a more viable option for more people, in more places.

“We’ll be going out to tender mid-summer, with the hope to get the charging points installed in early 2025. If we want to deliver on our mission to achieve net zero then we must do all we can to help local people make positive changes to the way they live their lives, which also benefit the environment. This scheme is an important step on that journey.”