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The UK’s energy regulator has approved plans to invest £300m in low carbon projects including support for 3,550 charging points for electric vehicles.

Ofgem said the funds would allow energy networks to build robust electricity infrastructure for installing charging points across UK motorways.

It said while more people are buying electric cars, others are put off due to a lack of charging points near home.

Ofgem said a wider charging network would help address “range anxiety”.

The new funding will support the infrastructure needed to support 1,800 new ultra-rapid charging points at motorway service areas.