UK government launches Road to Zero Strategy
The UK Government has unveiled its Road to Zero strategy as part of its ambition for at least half of all new cars to be ultra-low emission by 2030. The new strategy sets out plans to enable an expansion of green infrastructure across the UK, minimise emissions from vehicles that are already on the roads, and increase the amount of zero-emission vehicles.
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: “We are expecting our economy and society to experience profound change, which is why we have marked the future of mobility as one of the four grand challenges as part of our modern industrial strategy.“The Road to Zero strategy sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero-emission revolution, ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy.”
Under the Road to Zero strategy, the government will roll out a £400m Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to speed up the introduction of electric vehicle charging infrastructure by providing funding to companies that produce and install charge points. Plans are also being developed to set up a new £40m programme that seeks to develop and trial innovative low-cost wireless and on-street charging technology. Additionally, electric vehicle owners will be offered up to £500 to install a charge point in their home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. The extension of the plug-in car and van grants will continue at current rates until October and at updated rates until at least 2020 to encourage people to buy a new electric vehicle. The new strategy will help the government to meet its pledge of banning the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans in the UK by 2040.