Electric car grant: Government net-zero incentives explained with EV charging points extended across UK

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Boris Johnson on Wednesday announced £620m investment in electric car grants, as part of the Government’s green investment plan.

According to the net-zero strategy, the grants will be distributed to local on-street residential charging, as well targeted plug-in vehicle grants – allowing drivers to get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles.

It is thought around eight million households without dedicated off-street parking will benefit from the injection of cash.

The Prime Minister also published details of how the country can turn green in the coming decades, as he appealed to world leaders to make “bigger commitments” to slashing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of the investment, £500m will be given to innovation projects to develop new clean technologies and £140m to help green hydrogen projects get off the ground.

Mr Johnson said: “The UK’s path to ending our contribution to climate change will be paved with well-paid jobs, billions in investment and thriving green industries, powering our green industrial revolution across the country.

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“By moving first and taking bold action, we will build a defining competitive edge in electric vehicles, offshore wind, carbon capture technology and more, whilst supporting people and businesses along the way.

“With the major climate summit Cop26 just around the corner, our strategy sets the example for other countries to build back greener too as we lead the charge towards global net zero.”

How do you apply for the plug-in vehicle grants?

No details have yet been published on how the plug-in grant investment will be applied.

Currently the Government gives the grants to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers. Drivers do not need to do anything if they want to buy one of these vehicles – as the dealer will include the value of the grant in the vehicle’s price.

The maximum grant available for cars is £2,500, but this amount could increase as a result of the Government’s new investment.

What has the reaction been to the plan?

Edmund King, AA president said he supported the extra £620m made available for targeted plug-in vehicle grants and EV infrastructure.

He said: “This new charge point funding targeted more at the eight million households without dedicated off-street parking is a welcome step which will give power to electric drivers.”

“With the cost of petrol and diesel rising, the desire to switch to electric is stronger than ever before. Should the Chancellor go a step further next week and scrap VAT on targeted new EV sales, he would deliver a truly electrifying Budget that could ‘Get Electric Done’.”

Shadow business secretary Ed Miliband was cynical that the plan will be able to deliver quickly enough.

He said: “The plan falls short on delivery, and while there is modest short-term investment, there is nothing like the commitment we believe is required.

“My fear is this plan will not deliver the fair, prosperous transition we need equal to the scale of the emergency we face.”

Rebecca Newsom, Greenpeace UK’s head of politics, said: “This document is more like a pick and mix than the substantial meal that we need to reach net zero.

“Extra cash for tree planting and progress on electric vehicles doesn’t make up for the lack of concrete plans to deliver renewables at scale, extra investment in public transport, or a firm commitment to end new oil and gas licences.”

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