The government has announced that electric cars will come with ‘green number plates’ to encourage the uptake of EVs and make them easier to identify.
Following a consultation last year looking at how the plates could be used, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced that from autumn the green plates will be rolled out onto zero-emission models. The plates will feature a green ‘flash’ at the left side at both the front and rear – in the same place where many number plates feature a blue ‘GB’ logo.
With many councils and local authorities looking to promote electric cars through various initiatives – free parking and emissions-based road charges, for example – these plates aim to make EVs more easily identifiable.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “Green number plates 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.”
The move has been welcomed by many as a necessary step to continue promoting zero-emission models.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “Having a green flash on the number plate may become a badge of honour for some drivers. We support this concept which shows that the EV revolution is now moving from amber to green.
“Alongside Government financial incentives to ease the purchase of EVs, this move will help councils to also offer wider benefits such as free parking and exemption from low emission zones.”
The government has also announced a further £12m investment into electric car research, with an aim of improving battery technology and the charging infrastructure.