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.