UK Gets Creative In Promoting Electric Vehicle Uptake
UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg thinks that the UK should take a multi-pronged approach to foster the adoption of electric vehicles.
For example, Clegg says that drivers of electric vehicles should have unlimited access to bus lanes and be provided with free parking throughout the UK. Additionally, Clegg says that by equipping every motorway service station in the UK with one or more charging points, electric vehicles buyers will “feel confident” about their decision to purchase an EV.
With all these programs in place, Clegg says choosing an EV will be a “no-brainer.” At least that’s the hope.
Under a £500 million scheme, 500 additional charging stations will be installed in the UK by the end of 2015. Additionally, as the Telegraph reports:
“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.”
Meanwhile, Clegg stated:
“Owning an electric car is no longer a dream or an inconvenience. Manufacturers are turning to this new technology to help motorists make their everyday journeys green and clean.”
“This major investment is there to make driving an electric car affordable, convenient, and free from anxiety about the battery running out. But it’s also about creating a culture change in our towns and cities so that driving a greener vehicle is a no-brainer for most drivers.”
Richard Bruce, head of the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles, adds:
“This technology will only become normal when people see their neighbours plugging their car in to charge, see their colleagues driving one to work, or their friends booking a test drive.”
We imagine that the day when EVs are “normal” isn’t too far off.