From September, new electric vehicles with a 70-plate registration will feature a green strip to the left hand side of the plate to mark the vehicle’s electric power.
Scrap Car Comparison have taken a further look into why these have been rolled out and what the benefits are. Will you be sporting the new registration plate?
As part of the government’s plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, drivers are being encouraged to make the switch to electric vehicles with the introduction of green number plates. Whilst electric vehicles are already environmentally friendly, this will drive awareness and make electric vehicles easily identifiable. It will also allow further research and schemes to be introduced to these pioneering drivers. Drivers of existing electric vehicles are able to purchase these new plates and unlock the incentives as well.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary 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.” For example, drivers could benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and 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 on the standard white and yellow front and rear reg plates. New electric vehicles will have these included with their new vehicle while drivers of existing electric vehicles can purchase these new plates for around £32.
£12 million investment
To achieve the government’s plan for zero-emissions, £12 million in funding will be given to aid “ground-breaking research” into the zero-emission market to improve the technology for electric vehicles and their charging technology.
The funding will be made available through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and will see £10 million allocated for a new Zero Emission Vehicle Innovation Competition. This competition will allow people to bid for project funding to support both battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, as well as charging infrastructure.
£2 million is also being dedicated to small and medium businesses across the UK to support their research into zero-emissions and electric vehicles. The idea behind the funding is to drive economic growth and generate over 6,000 skilled jobs.
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