The government has sought to underline its commitment to transport innovation by launching its Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which could help increase the number of electric vehicles on the nation’s roads.
Two documents from the government outline the impact that technology can have in the future as a way to transform transport so that it is safer, greener and more accessible than ever before.
As part of the proposals, conventionally fuelled vans could be replaced to reduce both emissions and congestion across the UK.
The Future of Mobility Grand Challenge could therefore see a save of electric vans, micro vehicles, and cargo bikes used in our towns and cities to make these spaces greener and reduce pollution.
The government has made it clear that tackling pollution is a priority, with its Clean Air Strategy outlining the need to make changes.
And with figures revealing there are 300,000 HGVs and more than four million vans on our roads – something that is likely to increase – it has never been more important put in place measures and proposals that will bring long term benefits to air quality.
In that context, it outlines just how crucial the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge is, which will make the UK world leaders in the movement of goods and services.
It is part of the government’s wider Industrial Strategy that will reduce emissions, improve accessibility and provide economic opportunities.
Jesse Norman, Transport Minister, said: “The UK has a long and proud history of leading the world in transport innovation and our Future of Mobility Grand Challenge is designed to ensure this continues.
“We are on the cusp of an exciting and profound change in how people, goods and services move around the country which is set to be driven by extraordinary innovation.
“This could bring significant benefits to people right across the country and presents enormous economic opportunities for the UK, with autonomous vehicles sales set to be worth up to £52 billion by 2035.”