At least half of new cars and 40% of new vans are to be ultra-low emission vehicles by 2030. That’s the target set out by the Government as part of their Road to Zero document on how they envisage making the UK the “best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.”

The Road to Zero Strategy outlines ambitions for a ‘massive’ roll-out of infrastructure to support electric vehicle adoption, setting the stage for ‘the biggest technology advancement in the UK road network since the invention of the combustion engine.’

This plan builds on the Government’s commitment earlier this year whereby they stated its intention to end the sales of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, and committed to investing £1.5 billion in ULEVs by 2020.

The Road to Zero Strategy outlines a number of measures:

  • a push for chargepoints to be installed in newly built homes, where appropriate, and new lampposts to include charging points, potentially providing a massive expansion of the plug-in network
  • the launch of a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to help accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure by providing funding to new and existing companies that produce and install charge points. The request for proposal to appoint a fund manager will be launched in the summer
  • creating a new £40 million programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology
  • providing up to £500 for electric vehicle owners to put in a charge point in their home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. And an increase in the value of grants available to workplaces to install chargepoints so people can charge when they are at work
  • the extension of the Plug-In Car and Van Grants to at least October 2018 at current rates, and in some form until at least 2020, allowing consumers to continue to make significant savings when purchasing a new electric vehicle
  • the launch of an Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce to bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the increase in demand on energy infrastructure that will result from a rise in the use of electric vehicles

For more details you can read the Road to Zero Strategy document or visit the Gov.uk website.

Source: Gov.uk, Road to Zero Strategy

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