London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — October 28, 2008 – New initiatives aimed at putting Britain at the forefront of a green motoring revolution by encouraging a mass market in electric and hybrid cars have been announced.
Speaking at an International Experts Meeting, Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon set out the next steps across government to deliver a £100 million commitment to accelerate the emergence of greener vehicles.
Motor manufacturers will be invited to bid for the opportunity to participate in a £10 million project to run electric car and ultra low carbon vehicle demonstration projects, overseen by the Technology Strategy Board. This will see around 100 electric cars provided to allow families and other motorists in locations across the U.K. the opportunity to feedback the practical steps needed to make greener motoring an everyday reality.
At the same time, up to £20m has been dedicated to UK research into improving technology that could make electric and other green cars more practical and affordable.
The government has committed to removing the barriers that could slow a changeover to greener motoring. This includes a commitment to facilitate the roll-out of charging infrastructure through the planning system and to collaborating with other countries to develop international standards and consider how best to encourage the right consumer market to promote electric and other low carbon vehicles.
Work also continues with energy companies and the National Grid to assess the impact on the electricity system of the widespread use of electric drive vehicles.
To encourage the mass production of green vans for the first time, the Department for Transport also announced today that 10 companies have been shortlisted to bid to provide electric and low carbon vans to councils and other public sector bodies. The companies are Ford, Mercedes Benz, Citroen, Ashwoods, Land Rover, Modec, Smiths, Electric Vehicles, LDV, Nissan and Allied Vehicles.