16.10.2017UK Clean Air Strategy gives EVs £1 billion boost
The UK Government will spend £1 billion to support the uptake of ultra low emission cars as part of its £2.5 billion Clean Growth Strategy. Funding to help "develop one of the best electric vehicle charging networks in the world", and financial support for car buyers make up part of the announcement, along with other areas such as research and innovation.
Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: "The Clean Growth Strategy reinforces our clear commitment to reduce emissions across the UK and to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.
"We are a world leader in ultra-low emission technology, spending £1 billion to support the uptake of these cleaner vehicles and the creation of one of the best charging networks in the world.
"Advances in low carbon transport technology can significantly boost economic growth and air quality, and we will continue to work with companies to maximise these benefits for all."
As part of these plans, an additional £80 million will support the existing £15 million committed by Highways England, to support charging infrastructure deployment.
The Clean Growth Strategy will also make the most of new powers under the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which allows the government to set requirements for the provision of EV charging points. This includes ensuring that "charge points are convenient to access and work seamlessly right across the UK".
Funding of £50 million will be made available for the Plug-in Taxi programme, giving drivers up to £7,500 off the purchase price of a new ULEV taxi. To complement this, £14 million will be made available to regions to install dedicated charge points for taxis.
The announcements come as part of a wider strategy, including the investment of almost £250 million over the next four years as part of the "Faraday Challenge". This is focused on the research and design, development, and manufacturing of advanced EV batteries.
Other investment into innovation will include the installation of wireless, super-fast, and dynamic charge points, to assist with range and convenience as battery sizes increase.
The full Clean Growth Strategy can be read here on the Gov.uk website.