A £5,000-a-car government giveaway has sent sales of electric vehicles in Britain soaring to record levels – but eco-conscious buyers may now have only a few months left to grab the grant money before it runs out.
In early 2011 the government introduced the £5,000 grants (£8,000 for plug-in electric vans) and promised that the scheme would continue until 50,000 were awarded. Early take-up was slow, and two years later just 3,200 had been made – largely because there were so few electric vehicles to choose from. But the launch of the Nissan Leaf, the remarkable success of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in, and the fact that there are now a further 35 models to choose from, has ignited the market. Continue reading Electric car grant: time is short before they pull the plug on £5,000 giveaway
The popularity of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) continues to rise sharply, with more than 25,000 plug-in car and plug-in van grant claims submitted since the scheme began in 2010.
Even the traditionally quiet January sales market saw nearly 2000 claims and total ULEV sales in 2014 were some 4 times the level of the previous year. The UK is now ahead of France and Germany in ULEV take-up, placing this country at the forefront of this green and cheap-to-run car technology. The acceleration in popularity is matched by the growing number of ULEVmodels on the market with some 25 car models and 7 van models eligible for the plug-in grant. A further 40 ULEV models from major manufacturers are expected to come to market over the next 3 years. Continue reading Number of ultra-low emission vehicles breaks 25,000 barrier
You can get a grant towards the cost of each new electric (plug-in) car or van you buy, if it meets certain conditions.
Grants are available for:
- 25% off the cost of a car, up to a maximum of £5,000
- 20% off the cost of a van up to a maximum of £8,000
Continue reading Making Most of the UK Plug-IN Grant : for Plug-In Car upto £5000 or Plug-In Van upto £8000