Until now, Government incentives to boost uptake of plug-in electric vehicles have focused on subsidising the initial price of these cars and vans rather than making them more attractive to drive and operate for a first, second and third owner.
The Manifesto proposes that the reduced company car tax bandings for vehicles with emissions levels under 75g/km CO2 are extended to 2018.
What is your position on using incentives to encourage the take-up of UlEVs?
Conservatives: We’ve already shown strong support for the ultra-low emission vehicle market, with £500 million made available for the development of the market up to 2020.
Labour: The expanding global market for ultra-low emission vehicles presents a huge opportunity. Labour is committed to making the UK the most attractive place in the world to invest in green technologies as part of an industrial strategy for the green economy.
Liberal Democrats: We support ambitious EU vehicle emission standards and, through funding and investment, are encouraging the market for EVs. We will set a target date of 2040, after which only ultra-low-carbon vehicles will be permitted on UK roads for non-freight purposes.
FleetNews view: Tories plan financial incentives; Lib Dems to force ULEVs into market via legislation; a woolley response from Labour with no detail about its commitments.