Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said that electric cars will soon become a common sight on the roads.

“Patrick McLoughlin announced £37 million of government money would be made available to install new ‘plug-in’ chargers for electric vehicles in homes, streets and railway stations,” according to The Telegraph.

The government is said to provide 75 per cent of the cost of installing new charge points.

He suggested that people will become even more attracted to this sort of technology as charging a battery at home will be significantly cheaper than filling up at a petrol station.

However, McLoughlin, who told Sky New that electric cars are “fantastic,” did admit that confidence in electric cars would take time to build, understandably.

“They’re not town cars at all; they are fantastic cars; they’re built to a very high specification. Take one out and drive it,” said McLoughlin.

“Buying a car is expensive, but I think if you look at the overall time and money you save by not having to put fuel in them, they are very serious competitors,” he said. “I’m pretty sure there will be a market. It’s a lot cleaner technology as well.

“I’m not going to make a prediction of exactly how many cars are going to be on the roads or whether they’ll be electric or petrol.”