UK outlines spending on electric vehicles

The UK government will spend £1 billion to support adoption of ultralow-emission vehicles (ULEVs) in its campaign to end the sale of new vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel by 2040.

The UK government will spend £1 billion to support adoption of ultralow-emission vehicles (ULEVs) in its campaign to end the sale of new vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel by 2040 (OGJ Online, July 27, 2017).

The spending, part of the UK’s sweeping Clean Growth Strategy published Oct. 12, includes “helping consumers to overcome the upfront cost of an electric car.”

The government also will increase spending to support deployment of charging infrastructure by £80 million and seek authority to set requirements for charging points.

It will provide £50 million to subsidize ULEV taxis by as much as £7,500/new vehicle and £14 million to support 10 local areas in delivery of charge points dedicated to taxis.

The government also will provide £100 million for a national program of support for retrofitting and supplying new low-emission buses in England and Wales.

And it will “invest £1.2 billion to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys.”

Other spending will include £250 million, to be matched by industry, in research for connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and £841 million for “innovation in low-carbon transport technology and fuels.”

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