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

By 11th February 2016No Comments

​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.

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.
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Tim Kelly

Tim is a highly qualified Independent Engineer with over 20 years experience as an Engineering Assessor of damaged vehicles.

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