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New government-backed app to help drivers assess electric vehicles

A new government-backed app has launched to help drivers to see which electric vehicles best suit their lifestyle.

The free app calculates how much money UK drivers could save by switching to an EV and includes details on CO2 savings and charge points

Announced to coincide with World EV Day 2021 today (9 September), the free app 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 how close their nearest charge points are, and which journeys can be completed without the need to top-up en-route.

The app – dubbed EV8 Switch – is backed by £2.7m of UK Space Agency funding and launches as the UK prepares to host the COP26 climate summit this November.

Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: “As we get ready to host the major UN climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow later this year, the UK is leading the way in using space to help us build back greener.

“With innovative government-backed projects such as this harnessing the power of space, making the switch to an electric vehicle will be easier than ever before, helping us take a giant leap towards our net zero ambitions.”

The new app is free to download from the Apple App Store and the Android Play Store.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

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