Currently reading: Green numberplates for EVs given go-ahead
Government hopes move will encourage uptake of EVs and unlock incentives such as cheaper parking
Rachel Burgess
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16 June 2020

Green numberplates on electric vehicles will be rolled out from autumn, the government has announced. 

The move, which is part of the government’s plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, is intended to make EVs more easily identifiable, helping local authorities implement new policies to incentivise people to buy EVs.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “Green numberplates 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.”

Two examples given by the fovernment are cheaper parking and free entry into zero-emissions zones. The plates will be have a green flash on the left-hand side.

The possibility of green numberplates for EVs was first reported in October last year, when a consultation on the project launched, which is now complete.

The government has also announced £12 million funding for research into the zero-emissions market to develop greener vehicles and help improve EV charging technology.

Within this funding, £10m will be used for a new Zero Emission Vehicle Innovation Competition. It will invite applicants to bid for project funding to support advancements in both battery EVs and hydrogen fuell-cell vehicles, as well as charging infrastructure.

Small and medium businesses will receive £2m to support research and development into zero-emissions vehicles in areas such as battery technology and charging infrastructure. The government said the funding will help businesses to drive local economic growth, which could in turn create more than 6,000 skilled jobs. 

Shapps said: “A green recovery is key to helping us achieve our net-zero carbon commitments while also promoting economic growth.

“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.’’

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16 June 2020

Virtue signalling.

16 June 2020
TheDriver wrote:

Virtue signalling.

Do you not think cars will become increasingly electric? They will, and at what speed should this happen? I'd say as quickly as reasonably possible, I'm sure most of us have seen and felt a significant benefit since lockdown in air polution, and it'll return to pre lockdown levels soon unfortunately. Electric cars hooked up to increasingly higher levels of enewable electricity will make an appreciable difference to our lives.

Public perception of electric cars is low. So anything that shows more people that there's actually a reasonable number appearing has got to be a good thing?

I didn't buy mine to be virtuous, I bought it because it's a damned good car that fits what I need it for, so I find your comment childish.

16 June 2020
Paul Dalgarno wrote:

TheDriver wrote:

Virtue signalling.

Do you not think cars will become increasingly electric? They will, and at what speed should this happen? I'd say as quickly as reasonably possible, I'm sure most of us have seen and felt a significant benefit since lockdown in air polution, and it'll return to pre lockdown levels soon unfortunately. Electric cars hooked up to increasingly higher levels of enewable electricity will make an appreciable difference to our lives.

Public perception of electric cars is low. So anything that shows more people that there's actually a reasonable number appearing has got to be a good thing?

I didn't buy mine to be virtuous, I bought it because it's a damned good car that fits what I need it for, so I find your comment childish.

Clearly you are virtuous with a 'save the planet' agenda. And I find your comments preachy. I should have guessed the electric car zealots would not brook the slightest suggestion that sticking a green stripe on number plates is anything other than an excellent way of showing the masses what they should be driving. 

17 June 2020
TheDriver wrote:

Paul Dalgarno wrote:

TheDriver wrote:

Virtue signalling.

Do you not think cars will become increasingly electric? They will, and at what speed should this happen? I'd say as quickly as reasonably possible, I'm sure most of us have seen and felt a significant benefit since lockdown in air polution, and it'll return to pre lockdown levels soon unfortunately. Electric cars hooked up to increasingly higher levels of enewable electricity will make an appreciable difference to our lives.

Public perception of electric cars is low. So anything that shows more people that there's actually a reasonable number appearing has got to be a good thing?

I didn't buy mine to be virtuous, I bought it because it's a damned good car that fits what I need it for, so I find your comment childish.

Clearly you are virtuous with a 'save the planet' agenda. And I find your comments preachy. I should have guessed the electric car zealots would not brook the slightest suggestion that sticking a green stripe on number plates is anything other than an excellent way of showing the masses what they should be driving. 

 

Oh great, Takeitslowly is back after his ban. 

18 June 2020

Like any type of powertrain, electric cars are excellent in some dirve cycles and poor in others. Their whole life environmental performance is good but still has substantial challenges. We have to stop thinking of them as zero emissions and being so preachy about 'look at me, I'm saving the planet.' I completely agree with The Driver. 

16 June 2020
Paul Dalgarno wrote:

TheDriver wrote:

Virtue signalling.

Do you not think cars will become increasingly electric? They will, and at what speed should this happen? I'd say as quickly as reasonably possible, I'm sure most of us have seen and felt a significant benefit since lockdown in air polution, and it'll return to pre lockdown levels soon unfortunately. Electric cars hooked up to increasingly higher levels of enewable electricity will make an appreciable difference to our lives.

Public perception of electric cars is low. So anything that shows more people that there's actually a reasonable number appearing has got to be a good thing?

I didn't buy mine to be virtuous, I bought it because it's a damned good car that fits what I need it for, so I find your comment childish.

Making all cars elecctric as quickly as possible will be worse for the environment not better - ICE cars should used for as long as possible before being scrapped, synthetic and bipfuels should be used, lesssning the tailpipe pollution they cause, their emissions equipment should be upgraded, scrapping them early and replacing them with electric cars will cause more pollution, not less. ICE cars should be replaced slowly, not "as quick as possible". A throw away society is NOT green. Adding green plates does nothing for the enivronment either.

17 June 2020
TheDriver wrote:

Virtue signalling.

 

Troll signaling

16 June 2020

Maybe black background with skull and cross bones for diesels.

16 June 2020
xxxx wrote:

Maybe black background with skull and cross bones for diesels.

:D

16 June 2020
xxxx wrote:

Maybe black background with skull and cross bones for diesels.

If they had a mushroom cloud for hydrogen cars I'd definitely get one !

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