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A new government-backed app has been launched to encourage drivers to switch to an electric vehicle (EV).

The free app called EV8 Switch calculates how much money UK drivers could save by switching to an EV compared with 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.

The app also shows how close their nearest chargepoints are and which journeys can be completed without the need to top-up en-route.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “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 £1.3bn 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.

Founder of Electrifying.com 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.

“We’re delighted to have teamed up with the government to help clear the air for drivers with a straightforward, unbiased and jargon-free guide.”