Budget delivers fillip for electric cars, muddle over air quality

The autumn Budget was another mixed bag for the environment, with measures to promote electric cars offset by freezes in fuel duties

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivers Autumn Budget 2017. Photograph: Parliament TV

The Autumn Budget statement has been delivered, with tips to environmental protection and improving air quality.

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond rose to his feet at to deliver what has been described as a make or break budget for his political career.

Dodging jokes about a “driverless” administration, the chancellor said the government would support the research and development of autonomous vehicles. This would go hand in hand with the revolution in electric vehicles which will receive £200m support from the government to match £200m investment from the private sector to create a £400m Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund to support the installation of more vehicle charging points.

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