To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage the conversion of combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicle; and whether he has plans to introduce grants to help improve the affordability of electric vehicles.
23 November 2021
The Government welcomes innovative retrofit technology for converting internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles and recognises it will be an important element of reducing road transport emissions, on the journey towards zero emissions by 2050. We have invested over £80 million in retrofitting vehicles (mainly buses) with pollution reducing technology since 2013. The Government is also funding the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) which provides independent evidence that a vehicle retrofit technology can deliver the expected emissions reductions and air quality benefits.
Our ambitious targets for the transition to zero emission driving is being supported with the £1.9 billion from Spending Review 2020 and an additional £620 million of committed funding. To ensure best value for public money, the Government’s Plug-in Car and Van grant schemes are focused on developing the market for new zero emission cars and vans. Additionally, our funding for chargepoint infrastructure at homes, workplaces, residential streets and across the wider roads network is also supporting consumers in the transition to electric vehicles, whether new or retrofitted.