Government backed app aims to help aid EV switch

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A new UK government-backed app designed to help British drivers switch to EVs has been launched today by transport secretary Grant Shapps. 

The free app, called EV8 Switch, is backed by £2.7m of UK Space Agency funding. It calculates how much money UK drivers could save by switching to an EV compared to their current petrol or diesel vehicle, along with details on the carbon dioxide (CO2) savings and air quality improvements they could achieve.

Drivers can also see which EVs would be the most suitable for them based on their current vehicle. 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.

Shapps 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.”

Together with Electrifying.com, the Department for Transport has also produced a ‘Beginners’ Guide to Going Electric’, to help drivers understand what’s involved in switching to an EV.

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