This week the government have announced they will be going ahead with plans to roll out special green number plates for electric vehicles (EVs) this autumn, after the completion of successful trials.
The new green number plates for EVs will be easily recognised by their snazzy flash of green down the left side,, which will show they’re classed as “zero-emission”. All new zero-emission cars will be issued with the plates starting in the autumn, with a retrofit scheme to be deployed for older vehicles further down the line.
While it isn’t clear yet how much government funding is going to be allocated to the scheme, and whether or not motorists or the government will be covering the costs, but broadly speaking the new plates will fall under the Government’s Covid-19 recovery plan. Full details of the plan are expected to be released by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, by the end of the month.
Covid-19 Delays In Certain Areas…
While there will be a general introduction of he new green number plates in the autumn, some local authorities have decided to delay plans to introduce EV initiatives and clean air zones due to the pandemic, as they are currently being forced to divert a lot of resources to handle crisis planning. At the same time, the number of people on the roads has fallen dramatically, and there is a some lack of confidence that the new number plate scheme alone will be enough to convince motorists to switch to an electric car.
The DfT has announced further funding of £12 million will be available to cover additional projects looking to decarbonise road transport, which is to become available via the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
£10 million of this is expected to be spent on a zero-emission vehicle innovation competition, set to allocate funds to organisations working in the EV, hydrogen vehicle, and charging infrastructure sectors. Meanwhile, the remaining £2 million will directly provide funds for UK SMEs researching EVs and zero-emission vehicles.
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