Hybrid electric vehicles are in an ambivalent state in UK. Each day sees a new report of an increase in the production of new and improved plug in electric vehicles and trails are running through the globe. In UK the sales dropped by 50.4% last month, as the government took a £2,500 grant off the table. Inversely, the demand for this battery powered vehicles increased by 61.7% compared to its sales scenario last year.
The UK government has decided to propel the innovative, clean, zero emission models with a whopping £40m to improve the infrastructure for electric vehicles despite a disappointing show. The Department for Transport will invest in UK engineering to “transform” the network of electric charge points. The investment is being directed towards electric vehicles despite a sharp drop in hybrid car sales. The Department for Transport will invest in UK engineering to “transform” the network of electric charge points.
A spokeswoman said: “The plug-in car grant has supported the purchase of 180,000 new cars with over £700m, including 100,000 plug-in hybrids.” New investments of about £37m will make it easier for electric car owners to charge up their vehicles.
The government’s new investment marks the first anniversary of the launch of the government’s Road to Zero strategy, which wants “almost every car and van” in the UK to be zero emission by 2050.
It has handed £2.3m to a company called Char.gy, which is developing ways to deploy wireless charging technology on residential streets which would remove the need for trailing cables and additional infrastructure. Urban Foresight has been awarded £3m to roll out “pop-up” chargers which are built into the pavement, which are designed to help drivers without access to off-street parking.