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Green number plates for electric cars to be rolled out

Paloma Kubiak
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Paloma Kubiak

Green number plates for electric vehicles will be introduced across the UK this autumn, the government has confirmed.

In a bid to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles and to help achieve the government’s plan of net zero emissions by 2050, green number plates will be introduced this autumn.

This will make it easier to identify zero emission vehicles which in turn could lead to local authorities offering cheaper parking and free entry into zero emission zones, for example.

The green number plates will have a green flash on the left hand side of the registration plate and are available for zero emission vehicles only.

In October last year, the government announced its proposals for green number plates, where it considered a fully green number plate with black lettering, the addition of a green flash on the plate or the addition of a green dot or symbol.

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

“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.

“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.’’

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