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Transport Secretary encourages UK to switch to electric vehicles

10 September 2021/Categories: CILT, Industry News, Net-Zero

A new government-backed app has launched to help drivers make the switch to electric vehicles. 


The app, EV8 Switch, calculates how much money UK drivers could save by switching to an EV compared to their current petrol or diesel vehicle, along with details on the CO2 savings and air quality improvements they could achieve.


Those with the app can also see how close their nearest chargepoints are, and which journeys can be completed without the need to top-up en-route.


The zero emission car market in the UK is accelerating quickly, with more models coming onto the market and one in seven cars sold this year having a plug.


The government is also helping drivers across the country with an extension to the £50 million government fund to install electric vehicle chargepoints.


Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This World EV Day, I want to not only provide easy access to the tools that people need to feel confident about making the switch, but also to make sure that chargepoints are accessible, affordable and recognisable.


“That’s why we have already committed £1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of charging infrastructure up and down the country. 


“And as we look forward to COP26 and beyond, our vision is that the UK is at the forefront of the zero emission transport future, creating thousands of green jobs in the process.”


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