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Zero-Emission Vehicle Competition Winners

The UK’s government-funded zero-emission vehicle competition winners have been announced ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference later this year. Included, was a piece of technology which will be used to assess the battery health of electric vehicles (EVs) in the motor trade industry.

Mr Shapps, Transport Secretary, announced all the recipients of the £20 million funding prize which has been split between all the successful applicants, he said, “Ahead of major climate summit COP26 this year,

investment in exciting projects such as these is key to making the switch to electric vehicles more attractive for drivers than ever before. Not only will they propel us further towards our net-zero ambitions, but they will also help harness some of the brightest talent in the UK tech industry, encouraging businesses to become global leaders in EV innovation and creating jobs…”

This new innovative onboard plug-in device provides motorists of used EVs with data about the vehicle’s battery health, which is great news for the government who plan to incentivise the buying of used electric vehicles.

Research data supplied by Auto Trader to www.driving.co.uk, suggests the used car market has been recently flooded with electric cars and an over-supply of battery-powered models with a “green premium” is becoming a bit of a concern.

Another successful applicant invented a kinetic battery that will also provide the motorist with a short power boost for ultra-fast-charging in rural regions, another welcome insurance policy to EV motorists who want to avoid being stranded.

Although the National Grid said it will be able to cope with the future demand posed by electric vehicles “easily”, other electricity providers have already begun offering financial incentives to EV owners who charge their vehicles during off-peak times.

Among the prize-winning motor trade projects were a solar-powered refrigeration unit for small commercial vehicles, and a zero-emission ambulance with a hydrogen range extender. Emergency service vehicles in the UK are aiming to become fully electric before 2030, when the ban of new petrol and diesel car sales come into effect.

Tesla has already developed a new model soon to be tested by the emergency services, however, do not expect to see these on the forecourts of your local motor trade dealership.

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This latest government funded competition is part of a much bigger campaign by the Department of Transport to increase the sales and interest of electric vehicles. It recently supported the opening of the first electric forecourt in Braintree, Essex, which now have a motor trade insurance policy in place so motorists can start test driving cars.

Earlier this year the department also advertised a £200,000 contract to redesign the UK’s network of public EV charging points, to make them as recognisable and cherished as our red post boxes and telephone boxes.

EVs are another key part of the jigsaw for a “Green Revolution” backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Unveiling the government plan, he said: “Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the Northeast, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future.”

However, back in March the government reduced its Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), which meant electric cars became £500 more expensive, the grant now only applies to cars costing less than £35,000.