The Government has launched a new app to help motorists see the benefits of EV ownership.

It aims to provide the tools and practical advice drivers need to go electric.

Launch pad

‘EV8’ is a free app backed by £2.7 million of UK Space Agency funding.

It can calculate how much money drivers could save by switching to an electric vehicle compared to their current petrol or diesel vehicle. Details are also provided on the carbon dioxide (CO2) savings and air quality improvements they could achieve.

Choosing a an EV alternative is also aided by the app. It provides ideas on which EV models could provide a like for like switch for owners. It is based on current vehicles and also lifestyles.

Plugging in

Those with the app can also see how close their nearest chargepoints are, and which journeys can be completed without the need to top-up en-route.

Government has been charging up the refuelling network over the last two years when it comes to EVs. This has been bolstered further by an extension to its £50 million fund for the installation of electric vehicle chargepoints. This will see small businesses such as B&Bs gain access to the Workplace Charging Scheme, improving access in rural areas.

It will also see those in leasehold and rented accommodation enjoy the benefits of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. Charging options in rented accomodation are currently a problem area with limited options for tenants.

Powered up

Announcing the  app on World EV Day (9th Sept), Grant Shapps, transport secretary, said: “I want to not only provide easy access to the tools that people need to feel confident about making the switch, but also to make sure that chargepoints are accessible, affordable and recognisable.

“That’s why we have already committed £1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of charging infrastructure up and down the country. And as we look forward to COP26 and beyond, our vision is that the UK is at the forefront of the zero emission transport future, creating thousands of green jobs in the process.”