The Government plans to introduce green number plates during September 2020, this is part of a multi-million pound investment for electric vehicles and also, research to help accelerate a zero emission future for the UK. We have to achieve total adoption of electric vehicles within 10 years !
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that green number plates are set to be rolled out from September 2020, this plan hopes to accelerate a green economic recovery.
The UK has set itself a goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, drivers will be encouraged to make the switch to electric vehicles through the introduction of green number plates.
The plates will make it easier for cars to be identified as zero emission vehicles, helping local authorities design and put in place new policies to incentivise people to own and drive them.
Electric drivers may benefit from local initiatives e.g. cheaper parking , cost-free entry into zero-emission zones etc, where a green number plate will be recognised as eligible.
The plates will be identifiable by a green strip on the left hand side, these will only be available for zero emission transport.
A green recovery will help us achieve net zero carbon commitments we have set ourselves while also promoting economic growth.
Green number plates can incentivise drivers and increase awareness of cleaner vehicles on our roads, showing people that a greener transport future is achievable.
The government is supporting small businesses to develop the transport and technology of the future through a multi million pound investment, ensuring that UK businesses remain at the forefront of low carbon innovation and research.
The government has consulted with public, local authorities and industry stakeholders from a range of sectors including motoring, consumer groups and vehicle manufacturers on the best way to introduce green number plates and their benefits.
The government would like to accelerate plans to drive a green recovery,
£12 million funding for original research into the zero emission market has also been announced to develop greener vehicles and help improve vehicle charging technology.
This funding which is made available through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and delivered through Innovate UK, will see £10 million for a new Zero Emission Vehicle Innovation Competition.
Applicants will be able to bid for project funding to support advancements in both battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, as well as charging infrastructure.
OLEV is also providing £2 million to UK small and medium businesses to support their research into zero emission vehicles in areas such as battery technology, which could be used by major vehicle manufacturers in future electric vehicle production.
The funding will help these businesses to drive local economic growth through research and development projects in areas including charging infrastructure and zero emission vehicles
This has the possibility to create over 6,000 skilled jobs across the UK.