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UK extends current levels of the Plug-in Car Grant to at least February 2016

The UK Government announced that the current Plug-in Car Grant scheme will continue to offer motorists up to £5,000 (US$7,800) off the price of an electric car until at least February 2016 for all categories of vehicle, boosting further the plug-in car market.

Previously the Government had announced that grant levels would be reviewed once 50,000 vehicles had been sold, a milestone expected to be reached in November this year. As a result, all plug-in cars with CO2 emissions of 75 g/km or less will remain eligible for a grant.

The Government recently announced that a minimum of £200 million (US$311 million) has been made available to continue the Plug-in Car Grant. Further details about how the plug-in car grant will be structured beyond February are expected following the Government Spending Review in November.

Registrations of plug-in cars accelerated rapidly over the first six months of 2015, according to the Government-backed Go Ultra Low campaign, growing 256% against the same period last year and surpassing the 2014 full-year total with six months to spare.

I’m pleased to announce today that the government is maintaining the current levels of grant, even as we move past the milestone of 50,000 vehicles. The UK is now the fastest growing market for electric vehicles in Europe. We will continue to invest to help make this technology affordable to everyone and to secure the UK’s position as a global leader.

—Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP



I'd like to see the grant reduced to perhaps £2,500 per car, so that it could part-fund another ~80,000 vehicles instead of ~40,000, and keep pressure on the manufacturers to reduce costs whilst not casting them adrift.

I am hopeful that the current leader, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, will continue to be competitive against its diesel version.


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I'd prefer to see this direction of travel incremented, firstly by differentiating PHEV and BEV plugin rates then digressing - say £500 every 6 months (along with the number plate registration change) for 10 years.
That would allow car manufactures to plan and invest against a continuous downward pressure, avoiding a cliff edge sink-or-swim moment.

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