Grant Shapps, the Transport secretary announced on the 16th of June that green number plates are set to be rolled out in the autumn, this is along with plans for a green economic recovery.
The government plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, drivers will be encouraged to make the switch to electric vehicles through green number plates- this will make it easier for cars to be identified as electric vehicles, helping the government put in place new policies to own and drive them.
Grant Shapps, Transport secretary said:
"A green recovery is key to helping us achieve our net zero carbon commitments while also promoting economic growth.
"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.’’
To further accelerate the government’s plans to drive a green recovery, £12 million funding for ground-breaking research into the zero-emission market has also been announced 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 £10 million for a new Zero Emission Vehicle Innovation Competition. This will invite applicants 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, which could in turn create over 6,000 skilled jobs.