£1bn to help mo­torists go elec­tric

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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.

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