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Theresa May announces £106m plan to push green vehicles

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The Prime Minister will tell the Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Birmingham she wants Britain to be a leader in green technology.

Theresa May is set to announce a £106m funding boost for the research and development of zero-emission vehicles to help meet a target for UK roads to be free of petrol and diesel cars by 2050.

Funding boosts will also cover research and development for new battery and hydrogen technology.

The PM will say: “I want to see Britain, once again, leading from the front and working with industries and countries around the world to spearhead change.

“That is why I have set this country an ambitious mission: to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero-emission by 2040.”

May is also expected to set out how this will be achieved.

“Already we are taking significant strides forward. Our electric UK-manufactured cars account for one in five sold in Europe. Our batteries are among the best in the world,” she plans to say.

“Our Road to Zero Strategy is the most comprehensive plan globally — mapping out in detail how we will reach our target for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero-emission by 2040 — and for every car and van to be zero emission by 2050.”

May will also hold round-table talks on developing the zero-emissions market and attracting more foreign investment to the UK at the summit, with talks involving supply-chain companies from Germany, the US, Japan, China, Spain and India.

International initiatives aimed at speeding up the deployment of green vehicles and introduction of zero-emission infrastructure will also be revealed at the summit.

Dubbed the "Birmingham deceleration", first signatories include Italy, France, Denmark, the UAE, Portugal, Belarus and Indonesia.

The summit will also be attended by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Business Secretary Greg Clark.

In July, charging stations for electric vehicles were outlined for new homes under plans from the Transport Secretary to ease the UK’s transition to ultra-low emission vehicles.

In January, the government said it was seeking ideas about how to modernise Britain’s road networks to fit the influx of driverless and electric cars anticipated in the next few years. 

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