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Plates showcasing electric cars could increase uptake and promote zero-emissions driving

The UK Government has begun an official consultation on introducing green numberplates for zero-emissions cars.

The scheme, which was originally proposed last year, aims to raise awareness of electric and hydrogen vehicles, as well as ease the introduction and policing of low-emissions zones, lanes and parking spaces. 

The UK would join a growing number of countries that identify zero-emissions cars separately from combustion-powered ones, including Norway, Canada and China.

The consultation will be used to determine which vehicles would be eligible for the numberplate, its design and how such a scheme would be rolled out to existing EV and hydrogen car owners. Early design proposals include a fully green numberplate with black lettering, the addition of a green flash on the plate or the addition of a green dot or symbol.

“The UK is in the driving seat of global efforts to tackle vehicle emissions and climate change and improve air quality, but we want to accelerate our progress," transport secretary Grant Shapps said of the announcement. “Green numberplates are a really positive and exciting way to help everyone recognise the increasing number of electric vehicles on our roads."

This is the latest stage in the Government's Road to Zero strategy, a £1.5 billion investment aimed at helping the UK reach net zero emissions by 2050. According to the Department for Transport, record numbers of zero-emissions vehicles have been registered in the UK since its introduction last year.

The proposal is open for consultation on the UK Government website (external link)

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Soren Lorenson 22 October 2019


What about Plug-In Hybrids that can run zero emmissions around town?

Until the charging infrastructure is sorted out, a pure electric is out of the question.  I was away this weekend for a few days in the Cotswolds, around 120 miles from home, doing a bit of touring during the day, and driving home afterwards, probably around 330 miles in total.  I was staying with a major hotel chain that had one charging point, and that was out of order.

The PHEV would seem to be the sensible step towards electric.  Getting people used to the idea, whilst the infrastructure for pure electric is built.

As you would expect, this hopeless government has removed virtually all the incentives for PHEV.

Ski Kid 22 October 2019

That is fantastic news

I must now send £50k to £100k on  bev to get green plates or should I try and get green ones for my V6 diesel which is probably in the  real world less polluting over lifetime than a bev.

Riley 1.5 22 October 2019

Just like Hungary, then

Electric cars in Hungary have had green number plates for a few years, so UK will be playing catch-up again.