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New Government-backed app shows savings from switching to electric

Electric vehicle (EV) charging

The Government has backed the launch of a free app, EV8 Switch, which calculates how much money drivers could save by switching to an electric vehicle (EV) compared to their current petrol or diesel vehicle.

The app, launched on World EV Day (September 9), suggests which EVs would be most suitable for them based on their current vehicle, along with details on the carbon dioxide (CO2) savings and air quality improvements from switching. 

Those with the app can see how close their nearest charge points are, and which journeys can be completed without the need to top-up en route.

The Government has also extended the £50 million fund to install electric vehicle charge points. 

This will give small businesses such as B&Bs access to the Workplace Charging Scheme, supporting the UK tourism industry and improving access to rural areas. It will also give those in leasehold and rented accommodation access to the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: "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.

"That’s why we have already committed £1.3 billion to accelerate the roll out 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."

Beginners’ guide to going electric

Together with, the Department for Transport has produced a Beginners’ Guide to Going Electric to help drivers understand what’s involved in switching to an electric car.

Founder of Ginny Buckley said: "We know that switching to an electric car can be a daunting prospect with a host of new information to absorb and jargon to cut through. But it’s not as complicated as it may seem and our research shows that once you’ve gone electric you won’t want to go back to a petrol or diesel car."

Ahead of the UN climate summit COP26, which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November, the Government has also announced that Minnie Moll, chief executive of the Design Council, and Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, will sit on the steering board to support the Government's charge point design project, alongside architects Sowmya Parthasarathy and Alan Penn, chief scientific advisor at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

The resulting design will be unveiled at COP26. 

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