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Government launches app to encourage switch to electric vehicles

Woman plugging in an electric car while checking her smart phone

A new free app, backed by the UK Government, to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) has been launched on World EV Day.

The ‘EV8 Switch’ app, backed by £2.7 million of UK Space Agency, calculates how much money drivers could save by switching to an EV compared to their current petrol or diesel vehicle. 

The app also provides details of the nearest charging points and which journeys can be completed without the need to top up en-route. And shows drivers the carbon savings and air quality improvements they can make by switching to an electric vehicle.

The government has also announced that it is extending its £50 million fund to install electric vehicle chargepoints, allowing small businesses such as B&Bs to access grants for installing electric chargepoints under the Workplace Charging Scheme.

It will also extend the benefits of the Electric Vehicle  Homecharge Scheme to people in leasehold and rented accommodation. ​

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This World 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 charge points are accessible, affordable and recognisable.

“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.”

Check out our guide to all things EV to find out more about:

  • how to become an accredited EV chargepoint installer
  • grants available to homeowners and businesses wanting to install EV chargers