UK Government Launches £250M 5-Year Plan for Cutting CO2 from Road Transport; Includes Incentives for Purchase of PHEVs and EVs
|High-level technology roadmap for the UK’s decarbonization of road transport. Click to enlarge.|
The UK Transport and Business Secretaries launched the Government’s vision for cutting carbon from road transport over the next five years. Central to the £250-million (US$373-million) strategy is a consumer incentive initiative for plug-in vehicles worth £2,000 - £5,000 (US$3,000 - US$7,500) towards buying the first electric and plug-in hybrid cars when they hit the showrooms, expected to be from 2011 onwards.
The strategy also includes plans to provide £20 million (US$30 million) for charging points and related infrastructure to help develop a network of “electric car cities” throughout the UK and an expansion of an electric and ultra-low carbon car demonstration project on the UK’s roads. The demonstration project will involve more than 200 motorists throughout the country.
Cutting road transport CO2 emissions is a key element to tackling climate change. Less than 0.1% of the UK’s 26 million cars are electric, so there is a huge untapped potential to reduce emissions. The scale of incentives we’re announcing today will mean that an electric car is a real option for motorists as well as helping to make the UK a world leader in low carbon transport.—Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon
The Government has already committed around £400 million (US%597 million) of support to encourage development and uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles:
- £23 million for the TSB Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform - phase 1
- £100 million for the TSB Low Carbon Vehicle Integrated Delivery Programme
- £20 million for the DfT Low Carbon Vehicle Public Procurement Programme
- £250 million for the DfT EV consumer incentive package
This is in addition to a £2.3 billion (US$3.4 billion) package of support for the automotive sector in the downturn that has been specifically designed to support the development of green technologies to provide solutions for carbon reduction and a world leading low carbon automotive industry.
In conjunction with the funding announcement, the Government published a document which sets out how it will coordinate public sector activity and work with industry and academia to:
Build on the R&D activities of the automotive industry to make the UK a leading place in the world to develop, demonstrate and manufacture ultra-low carbon vehicles.
Accelerate market penetration of ultra-low carbon cars which will contribute materially to the overall national target on emissions for greenhouse gases and air pollutants.
Maximize the benefit to UK operating firms and supply chains of this accelerated market penetration and continue to attract inward investment for the development and production of ultra-low carbon vehicles.