A government scheme to encourage more drivers to buy electric cars has recently been revitalised by the Deputy Prime Minister. Since its inception in 2011 only half the expected number of grants has been taken up.
The new plans will also allocate money for extra “perks” for drivers of electric or hybrid cars like free parking and use of bus-lanes as well as more plug-in charge points.
A news report by the Telegraph highlights the plan:
“Every motorway service station is to have a charging point by the end of this year that can power a car for a 100-mile journey in 20 minutes. There are 500 more chargers planned in the next year.
Local authorities will be able to bid for a share of £35 million in government funding if they come up with plans to encourage green travel, such as offering free parking and the freedom to drive in bus lanes.
A further £50 million will be offered to buy cleaner taxis and buses.
Officials believe Britons like the idea of driving an electric car in principle, and enjoy travelling in them as taxi passengers. However, they suffer from “range anxiety” – a fear they will be stranded if the car’s battery runs flat.”
With more advanced technology and help from the Government it seems now is a great time to buy an electric or hybrid car.