March 20th, 2020 at 9:54 am
The world is becoming more eco-friendly and individuals, companies and the government are beginning to embrace a host of green initiatives to try to reduce carbon footprints. From using a lot less plastic to using renewable energy sources, we’re all becoming more aware of how to reduce the strain on the environment. Climate change evidence is everywhere, so we’re all starting to recognise how much we have to increase our efforts. That’s where green number plates could come in.
Reducing Our Reliance On Traditional Fossil Fuels
The automotive industry is beginning to move towards more sustainable, green technologies by reducing its dependence on traditional fossil fuels when it comes to powering vehicles. As a result, more electric and hybrid vehicles are appearing on the roads due to the reduced emissions they produce. Many major manufacturers like Hyundai, Volkswagen and BMW are focusing increasingly on developing green cars, having dedicated a large amount of development and research time to this purpose.Thanks to this, over 5.5% of the UK’s new cars are now hybrids or electric and the trend is growing due to the Government’s incentives to encourage drivers to make the switch to vehicles with lower emissions.
What Are Green Plates?
It appears that soon, electric vans, taxis and cars will be easy to identify due to their green number plates. In China and Norway, this proposal has already been implemented to show which drivers are taking the sustainable driving approach. With green number plates, drivers will probably be able to get benefits such as access to a low emission lane and entry to low-emissions zones so the roads will be less congested.
It’s important to note, though, that the proposal currently is only in the consultation stage. The government hasn’t yet stated when the plan is going to be completely rolled out. However, its unlike the initiative, once in place, will take long to implement.
What Are The Barriers To Electric Car Ownership?
In order for a green plates initiative to work, people need to be happy to buy hybrids and electric cars. Although more people are taking this step, others are concerned about whether an EV is a viable solution for them. There are some major concerns including:
- Range – most electric vehicles only have ranges of around 80 – 100 miles. If you’re going long distances, these cars aren’t suitable. EVs are great for short everyday commutes, but the batteries would need to be full before heading of on a long trip. Tesla models are the exception, but they’re too costly for most motorists.
- Charging times – it takes a long time to charge up an EV and this deters people too. It takes longer to get an EV fully charged than to put petrol in a standard car. If you’re only using the car for your daily commute, charging overnight won’t be a problem but on a long trip it isn’t practical.
- Limited choice – although many manufacturers are now moving into developing electric cars, the variety is still limited. Also, they’re more costly when compared with standard cars and even affordable EVs have a poor range and take a long time to charge.
With continued development and research, the landscape regarding electric vehicles will soon change with future cars taking these concerns into considerations. The government believes that green driving is very important, so green plates are sure to be on the horizon sooner rather than later