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£35 Million Plan To Make Ultra-Low Emission Cars More Appealing

Government funds ultra-low emission car chargers, slashes the cost motorbikes and increases hydrogen vehicle numbers.

£35 million part of larger investment

The Government has revealed a range of measures to increase the popularity of less polluting, ultra-low emission, vehicles. Clean air benefits the environment and public health, of course. The required funding – which totals £35 million – comes via a £600 million pot put aside for such purposes and to be invested by 2020.

Initiatives

There is a wide range of initiatives. £20 million for councils to install chargers for taxis, for example, and £7.5 million for chargers at private and public sector workplaces. Furthermore, motorists that purchase an electric motorcycle or scooter receive a 20% discount – up to £1,500 – thanks to a £3.75 million investment. 

The Government argued that the “vast majority” of electric vehicle owners like to charge at home. This is “not always practical” for those that lack a private driveway, it concluded. On this basis, £2.5 million enables councils to install chargers on streets close to residential properties which lack private, off-street, parking.

Finally, £2 million enables public and private fleets - such as councils, emergency authorities and car hire firms - to obtain zero-emission, hydrogen, cars and vans. 50 look set to be registered to double the number of such vehicles in the United Kingdom. The Science Museum in London is amongst the beneficiaries. 

Government “here to help”, it claims

Transport Minister John Hayes explained: “No matter what mode of transport you need - a scooter to get to work, a car or a van to run your business - we are here to help you do it with zero emissions.” 

He added: “The number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads are at record levels and new registrations have risen by 250% in just over 2 years.”

Infrastructure consultation

The Government is also consulting on a series of proposals to ensure the nation's forthcoming, electric vehicle, charge and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure is fit for purpose. It proposes:

  • “make information about the location of public charging stations more accessible to the public - potentially via an online database and through mobile phone apps;
  • ensure drivers can access charge points without the need for multiple memberships from individual providers;
  • give powers to set common standards for all public charge points to ensure electric car owners can recharge anywhere, any time;
  • make consumer pricing information for electricity and hydrogen fuels consistent and transparent;
  • support smart electric vehicle charging that is flexible to grid demands;
  • ensure there is provision of electric charge points and hydrogen refuelling points at large fuel retailers and motorway service areas;
  • encourage the roll-out of hydrogen refuelling stations through franchising.