UK Transport Secretary unveils EV8 Switch app on World EV Day
Measures to encourage the switch to EVs include a new app launched by Grant Shapps, as well as extra funding to install chargepoints in places like Bed and Breakfasts and other tourist sites.
Drivers up and down the country can explore making the switch to an electric vehicle with a new government-backed app the Transport Secretary has unveiled on World EV Day (9 September 2021). As the UK prepares to host the COP26 climate summit this November, the UK Government says it is working with industry to provide the tools and practical advice drivers need to go electric.
A free app called EV8 Switch – backed by £2.7 million of UK Space Agency funding – launches today. It calculates how much money UK drivers could save by switching to an EV compared to their current petrol or diesel vehicle, along with details on the carbon dioxide (CO2) savings and air quality improvements they could achieve.
Drivers can also see which electric vehicles would be the most suitable for them based on their current vehicle and how switching to electric could fit in with their current lifestyle. Those with the app can also see how close their nearest chargepoints are, and which journeys can be completed without the need to top-up en route.
The government says it is also helping drivers across the country with an extension to the £50 million government fund to install electric vehicle chargepoints.
The move will see small businesses such as B&Bs gain access to the Workplace Charging Scheme, supporting the UK tourism industry and improving access to rural areas. It will also see those in leasehold and rented accommodation enjoy the benefits of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, encouraging people to make the switch in areas where charging provision is currently more limited and potentially more challenging to secure.
“This World EV Day, I want to not only provide easy access to the tools that people need to feel confident about making the switch, but also to make sure that chargepoints are accessible, affordable and recognisable,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
“That’s why we have already committed £1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of charging infrastructure up and down the country. And as we look forward to COP26 and beyond, our vision is that the UK is at the forefront of the zero emission transport future, creating thousands of green jobs in the process.
“Together with Electrifying.com, the Department for Transport has also produced a Beginners’ Guide to Going Electric, to help drivers understand what’s involved in switching to an electric car. The guide provides practical advice and top tips as we accelerate towards a zero-emission transport future.”