£1bn to help motorists go electric
A £1BILLION pledge to help car owners change to electric vehicles was announced yesterday as part of the Clean Growth Strategy. The cash will be used to help consumers ‘overcome the upfront cost’ in switching. The Government has already announced that petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2040. But moves to encourage us to buy electric car instead are currently being thwarted by the higher cost of the vehicles and shortage of charging points for them.
Ministers say £95million will be invested to make the charging network among the best in the world. Motorway service areas and large petrol stations will be required to have charging points. A Plug-In Taxi scheme will see cabbies given up to £7,500 towards the cost of an electric taxi, while £14million will be set aside to help ten unnamed areas set up dedicated charge points for taxis.
The report pledges £1.2billion to make ‘cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys’ while it also aims to shift more freight from road to rail and reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of goods lorries. The Government will invest £250million, matched by industry, in self-driving vehicles.