• Going Green: EV Number Plates

Going Green: EV Number Plates

Electric number plates explained

  • Published: 10 September 2021
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As the demand for electric vehicles grows, you’ll notice more and more green-themed number plates gracing UK roads.

Here we look at why they have been introduced and what it means for EV drivers... 

When were green number plates introduced? 

Green number plates were first introduced by the UK Government’s Department for Transport in December 2020 to raise awareness of cleaner vehicles being driven on our roads. 

As the UK accelerates towards a zero-emissions future, the green plates identify an electric vehicle by a green rectangle on the left-hand side of a number plate. This replaces the blue GB marker seen on most petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK. 

Do green number plates have any purpose?

As well as raising awareness of the growing number of fully-electric vehicles on our roads, green number plates also provide drivers with perks too. Motorists can benefit from schemes such as cheaper parking in their local areas and free entry into zero-emission zones in places like London.

You may also be pleased to discover that the new green number plates are 99% recyclable, having been made using sustainable materials rather than the usual acrylic plates.  

Are green number plates compulsory for electric vehicles?

Green number plates aren’t actually compulsory at the moment, however most car dealers will be fitting them as standard. If you purchase an electric car but decide you do not want a green number plate fitted - or you want a personalised plate assigned - you will need to let the dealership know in advance. 

It’s worth remembering that zero-emissions areas, such as Clean Air Zones, use ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) to recognise your vehicle as electric in order to make you exempt from any associated charges. 

Electric vehicles at Wilsons

As the UK’s ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles looms ever closer to the 2030 deadline, now is the time to make the switch to electric.

Here at Wilsons Epsom, we proudly represent 11 new car brands - Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep, Hyundai, Nissan, Nismo, Peugeot, MG, Renault and Dacia - among them a range of fully electric and plug-in hybrid models.

We also stock over 1,000 nearly new and used cars, including a selection of Tesla models too - click here to find out more.   


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