Green number plates for EVs unlock incentives

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Green number plates identifying EVs will be rolled out later this year, to help identify drivers eligible for benefits such as cheaper parking.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said drivers with the plates could benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones where those with a green number plate will be recognised as eligible.

The plates will be identifiable by a green flash on the left-hand side and will be available for zero emission vehicles only.

“A green recovery is key to helping us achieve our net zero carbon commitments while also promoting economic growth,” Shapps said. “Green number plates could unlock a number of incentives for drivers and increase awareness of cleaner vehicles on our roads, showing people that a greener transport future is within our grasp.’’

“We’re supporting small businesses to develop the transport tech of the future through a multi-million-pound investment, ensuring that UK businesses remain at the forefront of low carbon innovation and research.’’

The Department for Transport (DfT) began consulting on the number plate scheme in October following similar trials in Ontario, Canada. In that case drivers of electric vehicles were given free access to toll lanes and high occupancy vehicle lanes and Ontario subsequently saw an increase in electric vehicle registrations.

The DfT also announced £12m in funding for research to develop greener vehicles and help improve vehicle charging technology.

The funding will see £10m for a new Zero Emission Vehicle Innovation Competition which will invite applicants to bid for money to support advancements in both battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, as well as charging infrastructure. 

The final £2m will go to small and medium businesses to support their research into zero-emission vehicles in areas such as battery technology.

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