New Government Funding Announced for Electric Vehicles

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The government has announced a series of new proposals as part of the recent World EV Day. In preparation for an electric future, the government has announced an additional £12m funding into research and development for EV technologies. This includes a scheme that’s looking at offering a six-minute battery charge, which is considerably faster than what is currently offered by electric vehicles.

Further proposals include creating green parking bays for electric cars as charging bays are not always clear to use for EV owners. Current bays can sometimes be blocked by petrol and diesel vehicles as well, which is why the government is considering introducing green-coloured parking spaces for electric car charging bays. Signage is also on the agenda for the government, which wants to see consistent and clear public signage for EVs on UK roads.

Additional plans include introducing more charge points at supermarkets and popular tourist hotspots.

Elsewhere, a £9.3 million scheme launched by Highways England has been created to allow businesses to try electric vehicles for free before they buy. The initiative has been designed to encourage businesses to make the move to EVs, through offering a free trial of electric vehicles for 2 months.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said:

"Whether you’re taking a trip with the family or commuting to work, with the wide range of models at competitive prices, it is now more cost-effective and convenient than ever to drive and charge an electric vehicle.

"This, together with our continued support for R&D, will see talented UK-based SMEs flourish, as well as more than 6,000 skilled jobs created up and down the country.

"This is why, on the world’s first-ever day dedicated to celebrating electric vehicles, I’m delighted to announce our unwavering support for a cleaner, greener transport future."

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