The Government of the UK is set to introduce green number plates for electric vehicles later this year as part of its efforts to encourage motorists to switch to zero emission cars.

The new number plates will be identifiable by a green flash on the left-hand side.

According to the government, the initiative will help in the easy recognition of zero emission vehicles, enabling the local authorities to devise incentives for the users.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “A green recovery is key to helping us achieve our net zero carbon commitments while also promoting economic growth.

“Green number plates could unlock a number of incentives for drivers and increase awareness of cleaner vehicles on our roads, showing people that a greener transport future is within our grasp.

“We’re supporting small businesses to develop the transport tech of the future through a multi-million pound investment, ensuring that UK businesses remain at the forefront of low carbon innovation and research.”

The government advanced with the launch of green number plates following a consultation with the industry stakeholders, local authorities and public.

Reducing carbon emissions from the transport sector is part of the government’s larger plans as the UK aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

£12m funding was also announced to support the research and development of greener vehicles and for improving vehicle charging technology.

Last month, the UK announced plans to invest £2bn to encourage cycling, walking and to support e-scooter trials.