What Do They Mean and Why Have Only Certain Cars Got Them?
If you’ve noticed some cars on the road with a unique green stripe on their number plates, you might be wondering what they mean and why they need them.
The green flash down the left hand side of the number plate helps identify fully zero emission vehicles. They can only be used on all-electric vehicles, therefore hybrids and plug-in hybrids are not eligible.
The scheme was launched by the Department for Transport, as part of an initiative to encourage the take-up of electric cars with drivers. These special number plates have been available since December 2020 and can be purchased for less than £40 for a pair.
The UK government announced plans to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by the year 2030 and hybrid models by 2035, so the scheme was devised to encourage motorists in the UK to make the switch over to a fully-electric vehicle.
According to Transport Minister, Grant Shapps, the ‘green number plates’ will help increase awareness of all zero-emission and electric vehicles (EVs).
If EVs are going to be the only type of vehicle sold in the UK from 2030, it’s vital that the UK government does everything they possibly can to encourage the uptake NOW. One positive that we wrote about in a past article, please click here to read it, is that the Tesla Model 3 was the second most popular car in the UK in 2021, with sales of 34,783.
This is encouraging and shows that people in the UK are taking the future changes in motoring more seriously. Here at Flexed, we have a wide range of electric cars available for short term leasing or long term rental from anywhere between 28 days to 12 months and more.
To see all the electric cars we currently have available to lease, please click here. Of course, if you can’t see the electric car you’re interested in leasing on our special ‘Hybrid & Electric’ page, please get in touch with us and we’ll do everything we can to find the right vehicle for you – call 0800 311 8290 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kia E-Niro 150kW ‘2’ Long Range 64kWh 5dr Auto from £649.99 excl. VAT based on a 28 day rolling contract is a family-sized fully electric SUV that comes well equipped with modern features and is also easy to drive. Limited stock available, so get in touch NOW to order yours – 0800 311 8290.
Another fantastic electric car available to lease here at Flexed, is the Volvo XC40 Electric P8 Recharge First Edition AWD Auto from £899.99 excl. VAT per month, price based per 28 days – once again, limited stock available, so please call 0800 311 8290 TODAY!
So what are the benefits of having a green number plate on your EV?
Owning a green number plate makes your zero-emission vehicle easier to identify. This means you’ll be able to take advantage of local government initiatives such as cheaper parking and free entry into zero-emission zones.
Your local authority may also use these ‘green number plates’ to create new initiatives in your local area for drivers of an electric vehicle (EV), so possibly many more advantages from having them going forward!
The plates are also 99% recyclable, so more environmentally friendly too compared to the traditional acrylic plates.
Where Do I Get My Green Number Plates From?
They are available from many well-known car stores throughout the UK, with Halfords selling both front and back plates for £36 or £18 each.
You’ll need to have your vehicle logbook (V5C) with you to show proof of ownership and eligibility for the scheme. The zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) box will be checked to make sure it’s ticked.
If you lease an electric car from Flexed and would like to add ‘green number plates’ to your lease car, please get in touch with us and we’ll gladly assist you.
Drop us a quick email to email@example.com or chat with a member of our team NOW using our online ‘We Are Here!’ service – we’ll gladly answer any leasing questions you may have.