The U.K. government has announced a proposal for introducing green number plates for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs). The consultation closes on 14th January 2020. Salient points include:
- Provide a UK-wide mechanism enabling people to spot and differentiate vehicles based on their environmental impact
- Help inform road-users and normalise the idea of clean vehicles on our roads, encouraging a shift to cleaner vehicles
- Help local authorities identify ULEVs and bring in local incentives for electric vehicles
We applaud the U.K. government for introducing the proposal. In fact, other countries in the world have already implemented a similar proposal. Ontario, Canada is a case in point.
The government is correct in their assertion that the ‘green number plates’ will increase the profile of zero-emission road transportation in the U.K. and also ‘enable’ the execution of incentive schemes for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs).
The ‘normalisation’ of electric vehicles on U.K. roads has already commenced. In fact, EVs are now a very familiar sight across the U.K. As an example, London, is fast populating its roads with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to include the introduction of electric ‘black cabs’.
The proposed scheme is not limited to battery electric vehicles, but also includes hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. In fact, at the current rate of rapid adoption of EVs, it will only be a matter of time that green number plates will become the majority on U.K roads.
Have no doubt, in that, green plates will rule U.K. roads.
In our view, it is only a matter of time, that U.K. roads are filled with zero-emission all-electric vehicles with green plates. This can only mean one thing: air pollution is reduced!
Diseases as a direct result of air pollution, in particular, in relation to children who are most vulnerable, is at an all-time high. Even our parks, meant to be destinations for ‘fresh and clean air’, have been destroyed by the significant high levels of pollution due to internal combustion engines (ICE).
The only way forward is a greener future!
Winning more categories than any single model previously, the Parkers 2020 Car of the Year is also the Parkers Electric Car of the Year and Company Car of the Year, and it takes the Best Safety Award for the most complete implementation of driver assistance available in the U.K.
The success of the Tesla Model 3 continues unabated.
The key point here is that all-electric cars, like the Jaguar I-PACE and Tesla Model 3 are not just winning prestigious awards in the ‘electric car’ category, but are winning significant accolades in mainstream automotive categories.
The headlines are certainly the prestigious accolades, but the underlying fundamental trend is really noteworthy. All-electric cars are now fast approaching ‘normalisation’ in the automotive industry, not only in the U.K. but globally. Stakeholders across the industry do not view EVs as a ‘niche road transportation solution’, but in fact, are acknowledging that electric cars have become mainstream.
It is also worth noting that the total number of electric models available are still a small percentage of internal combustion engine (ICE) models. But yet, even with this significant imbalance, battery electric vehicles are clinching all the awards.
In our view, this is only the beginning of the trend, and as OEMs continue to unveil and deliver new electric vehicles, the EV awards will only increase!
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