EVs to get green number plates from autumn
The Government has given the go-ahead for pure electric vehicles -EVs to be identified by a green number plate.
The new registration plates, which will be rolled out from the autumn, aim to 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.
For example, drivers 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.
Transport secretary Grant 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.”
The Government launched a consultation on introducing green number plates for zero emission cars last autumn, highlighting their use by countries like Norway, Canada, and China.
A similar scheme was trialled in Ontario with drivers of EVs given free access to toll lanes and high occupancy vehicle lanes. Ontario saw an increase in EV registrations.
Alongside the decision to give the new number plate design the go-ahead today (Tuesday, June 16), the Department for Transport (DfT) has also announced £12 million funding for research into the zero-emission market to develop greener vehicles and help improve vehicle charging technology.
The funding, made available through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and delivered through Innovate UK, will see £10m for a new Zero Emission Vehicle Innovation Competition.
It will invite applicants to bid for project funding to support advancements in both battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, as well as charging infrastructure.