Electric cars to feature to green number plates to highlight eco credentials

Electric cars to feature to green number plates to highlight eco credentials

The aim of the move is to make EVs more recognisable

Electric cars are set to feature green number plates in a bid to make them stand out more on Britain’s roads.

The new plates, which are reserved for zero-emissions models, will feature a green flash on the left-hand side of the plate at the front and pack – in the same place where some most number plates feature a blue ‘GB’ sticker.

The plates aim to encourage more people to make the switch to electric, with the new green colour making them more recognisable as EVs – particularly for councils and parking firms that offer initiatives and incentives to drivers of electric models. With more cities considering low emissions road schemes, the plates should make these zero-emissions models easier to identify as well.

In October last year the government announced it was opening a consultation looking into the viability of green plates, including looking at various designs. These included full green number plates – as seen in countries such as China and India.

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.”

Elsewhere the government has announced a £12m research fund looking into how to develop greener vehicles and to improve the electric car charging infrastructure.

Currently buyers of new EVs can save £3,000 off the price thanks to the electric car grant, while an additional £350 grant is available towards a home charging point, too. Electric car owners also take advantage of lower running costs, as well as being exempt from road tax and company car tax.

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