The Government has promised £50m additional investment in ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) research and development and £15m for a national network of chargepoints in its National Infrastructure Plan published on December 2.
There are also further details of three funds totalling £85m to support ultra-low emission taxis, buses and cities.
The National Infrastructure Plan is underpinned by the infrastructure pipeline which, the Treasury says, is a forward-looking, bottom-up assessment of planned public and private infrastructure investment in the UK. The refreshed infrastructure pipeline sets out over £460bn of planned public and private investment to the end of the decade and beyond across the key infrastructure sectors.
The plan announces up to £50m between 2017-18 and 2019-20, to support innovation in manufacturing of ULEVs in the UK, based on a government contribution of £25m for which it will seek match-funding from industry.
The Roads Investment Strategy sets aside £15m between 2015-16 and 2020-21 for a national network of chargepoints for ultra-low emission vehicles on the Strategic Road Network.
In addition, the Government will provide an additional £10m between 2017-18 and 2019-20 to increase ultra-low emission vehicles in London, in support of the ambition to introduce an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) by 2025.