Car emissions to 'Go Ultra Low'

The UK government is investing in charge points and encouraging more people to buy electric and hybrid vehicles.

The UK government is charging up a plan to reduce car emissions and drive people towards buying electric and hybrid vehicles.

Under the Go Ultra Low campaign, announced by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, the government will be promoting the benefits of driving an electric or hybrid car as well as debunking myths that often put drivers off switching to these vehicles.

Additionally, the government is committing £9 million to put in more charging points for electric cars across the country, including 140 rapid charging points that can recharge an electric car in less than half an hour.

Currently there are more charge points in London than there are filling stations, however this trend is not consistent across the country. It is hoped that by installing more charge points across the country this will make travelling by motorway in an electric car more feasible. Additionally, it is hoped to make the UK one of the best electric car recharging networks across Europe.

Mr Clegg said: “Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles.

“The extremely low running costs of electric cars help drivers save money and we are allocating more than £9 million to boost charge points across the country to help drivers to go green."

A number of major car manufacturers are backing the Go Ultra Low campaign, including BMW, Renault, Toyota, Vauxhall and Nissan. All of these companies build electric cars that are sold in the UK.

Take up of electric vehicles in the UK has remained relatively low so far in spite of the fact that there are government subsidies available of up to £5,000 for cars and up to £9,000 for vans. Only 5,702 claims had been made for these subsidies by the end of September. Mr Clegg has said that there is no planned date at present to stop the subsidies.

 

 

 

  • On: 01 February 2014
  • By: CarShop

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