Electric Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the affordability of electric vehicles.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government has put in place various grant funding schemes to assist with the up-front cost of purchasing electric cars, taxis, vans and motorcycles. Grant funding schemes are also available for the installation of chargepoints in motorists’ homes, on residential streets and at work places. We have also established a favourable tax regime which rewards the cleanest vehicles. As part of our Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, we are also investing £274 million for the Faraday Battery Challenge to develop safe, cost-effective and high-performance batteries for electric vehicles.

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