Green Number Plates for Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles could have exclusive green number plates following a government announcement this week. The plans form part of the government promise to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This is one of many initiatives including the announcement of an increase in funding to the UK charging network, specifically targeted at improving access for people without off road parking.

The green number plates will do more than just signify that your vehicle is running on electric power. The government has said that cars carrying the new plate could also receive additional driving perks to incentivise the purchase of electric vehicles. These may include access to reduced or free parking and the ability to drive in priority lanes.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented: “The UK is in the driving seat of global efforts to tackle vehicle emissions and climate change and improve air quality, but we want to accelerate our progress.

Green number plates are a really positive and exciting way to help everyone recognise the increasing number of electric vehicles on our roads.

By increasing awareness of these vehicles and the benefits they bring to their drivers and our environment, we will turbo-charge the zero emission revolution”

The design for the new number plates is yet to be finalised. What is known that the black writing will remain, the options for the background include fully green or yellow with the addition of a green banner or circle to signify the electric engine.

Green Plate Design
A suggestion of what the new plates could look like.

It is also hoped that this initiative may help to sway consumer behavious. The government behavioural insight team have said that helping to drivers see the amount of electric vehicles on the road may help to increase take up from drivers. Elisabeth Costa, Senior Director at the Behavioural Insights Team, said:

“The number of clean vehicles on our roads is increasing but we don’t notice as it’s difficult to tell clean vehicles apart from more polluting ones.

Green number plates make these vehicles, and our decision to drive in a more environmentally-friendly way, more visible on roads. We think making the changing social norm noticeable will help encourage more of us to swap our cars for cleaner options.”

The plans are yet to be confirmed, so we don’t yet know when you’ll be seeing an electric Mercedes-Benz sporting a green number plate, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled!

If you’d like to learn more about electric drive, read our interview with our customer Mr Stroud, who recently drove away in the limited 1886 edition EQC.

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