Today has seen Philip Hammonds budget announcement, he has set out that the Government is to spend hundreds of millions of pounds encouraging people to make electric cars that drive themselves.
In addition, the Government will spend £400m on a new charging-infrastructure fund, an extra £100m on the plug-in vehicle grant, and £40m for research into charging.
This is a clear indicator to suggest that the government is further backing the electric movement. Highlighting that this is all going ahead whether you like it or not.
Will this close the gap between the believers and non-believers?
Have you been converted yet?
Hammond also offered support to autonomous cars by declaring that, despite criticism of the technology by Jeremy Clarkson, future vehicles will be driverless, but they’ll be electric first. “And that’s a change that needs to come as soon as possible,” he said. “So we’ll establish a new £400m charging infrastructure fund, invest an extra £100 million in plug-in-car grant, and £40 million in charging R&D.” He also confirmed that HMRC will clarify the law so that people who charge their electric vehicles at work will not face a benefit-in-kind charge from next year.