Car tax changes which attack petrol and diesel owners have ‘helped’ drive demand for EV’s

'Clean air zone' plans mean diesel drivers could face charges

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Car tax changes such as the introduction of city-wide Clean Air Zones and the expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone from October has “encouraged people” to take up EV models. Fiona Howarth, spokesperson for Octopus Electric Vehicles said the new rules had got drivers to “explore the impact” of future changes and look at possible solutions.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, she said: “Definitely the changes with the Clean Air Zones, ULEZ etc… help.

“They have really encouraged people to take up electric vehicles and to explore what the impact is to them.”

Birmingham charges petrol and diesel drivers £8 per day to use roads in the city centre in a massive blow to those who regularly visit the area.

London’s new ULEZ expansion is set to cover all areas within the North and South Circular.

This will affect thousands of residents who will pay £12.50 per day if their petrol and diesel cars do not meet the new regulations.

The Euro 4 emissions required to drive on the road only came into effect for new cars past 2005 meaning models older than 16 years could be affected.

Experts at classic car experts Hagerty have previously warned the new fee was encouraging many collectors to part with their vehicles in fear of paying the charge.

However, Octopus said it has seen a seven-fold increase in demand for cheap electric vehicles partly as a result of new benefit in kind changes.

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Ms Howarth has also backed the launch of more electric charging stations as being key to drive people towards new technology.

She added: “We are also seeing the new normal. People coming out of lockdown are used to clean air and they want to live more sustainably.

“Other things such as seeing more EV’s on the road, seeing their friends drive them.

“Also seeing chargers pop up everywhere.

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