Building Momentum Towards a Low-Emission Britain
Posted on May 2, 2014
This week saw the launch of the UK Government's proposals for supporting ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). The report, “Investing in ultra-low emission vehicles in the UK, 2015 to 2020,” outlined the Government's support of clean alternatives to combustion engines for the next five years.
The Government is allocating £500m to support the take-up of ULEVs including funding grants towards the cost of buying ULEVs of up to a maximum of £5,000. This is welcome news and clearly demonstrates a commitment to low-emission vehicles. While this £500m funding was first announced during the 2013 Spending Round, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) report provides further details on plans to support the nascent market for low emission vehicles, which include providing essential new infrastructure including a wider network of charge points for electrics vehicles. The report also shows OLEV's firm commitment to work with industry and local authorities to identify ways to improve the consumer experience and boost the uptake of these vehicles.
Drawing upon the conclusions of last year's UK H2 Mobility consortium report that proposed an initial network of 65 hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK, the report reiterated its support for hydrogen as an ultra-low emission technology and stated that an announcement will be made by autumn 2014 on the actions that Government and industry stakeholders will be taking to position the UK as a lead market for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
As a founding partner of UK H2 Mobility, Intelligent Energy welcomes the OLEV report and the Government's continued commitment to invest in ULEVs to reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution. We are also delighted to see that the Government is providing strong support to UK industry in its efforts to become a global leader in the design, manufacture of Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles.
We look forward to the Government's announcement on hydrogen infrastructure as together we work towards the aspiration of 1.6m fuel cell electric vehicles driving on the UK's roads by 2030.