Cutting edge Hatfield Station has seen the launch of a new government initiative to encourage more people to switch to electric cars to mark World Electric Vehicle Day (9th September 2020).

Welwyn Hatfield MP and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed that as part of the government’s plans to turbocharge its commitment to improve air quality with cleaner and greener vehicles exciting measures would include parking spaces painted green, charge points at supermarkets and popular tourist sites, and batteries that could charge in 6 minutes.

After visiting the station Grant and meeting with GTR and Great Northern train boss Tom Moran he said, “Hatfield station now boasts more electric charging points than any other station in the country. The train operator have installed them here because Welwyn Hatfield already has high electric vehicle ownership and their research showed that we are a hot spot for people who intend to get an electric vehicle next. Both as Transport Secretary and as Welwyn Hatfield MP I’m determined to ensure switching to an electric vehicle is as easy as possible. We know that the days of petrol and diesel are limited, and so helping people make the transition, even where charging at home isn’t an option, is really important. And that’s why today’s opening of 27 chargers on the 4th floor of Hatfield Station multi story is so important.”

Further steps to decarbonise road transport have been taken by the government, with £12 million in funding for research and development investment to support a series of competitions for some of the most promising EV technologies.

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