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Almost a third of the UK’s plug-in cars sold in last three months

Sales of electric vehicles are on the rise, with more than 5,000 Government plug-in grants handed out in the last quarter alone.

The plug-in car grant reduces the price of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) by up to £5,000 for cars and £8,000 for vans, making them more affordable for the public and businesses.

Between July and September 2014, over 5,000 grants were provided, more than double the number than in the previous three months and almost a third of all grants since the scheme was launched in 2010. There are now over 17,000 grant funded ULEVs on the UK’s roads.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “It is not surprising that people want these vehicles – they are a pleasure to drive and incredibly cheap to run, as well as beneficial to the environment. The government is breaking down barriers that may have put people off in the past.

“This growing confidence helps the UK strengthen its position as a global leader in developing green technology. Expanding this sector is also creating thousands of jobs and contributing to Britain’s thriving £11 billion automotive industry, and encouraging more investment in the UK – a key part of this government’s long-term economic plan.”

There has been a steady rise in the number of people taking up low emission vehicles, as more models become available and the nationwide network of charging points continues to expand.

The plug-in car grant is one of a range of Department for Transport measures in place to encourage uptake with a further £500 million to be invested by government in the industry between 2015 and 2020.

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  • Lian - 21/10/2014 11:22

    is it a coincidence that Nissan and Renault are holding their dealer networks to ransom by making certain volumes of electric cars a pre-qualifier to getting volume bonuses ?

    • Bryn - 21/10/2014 16:19

      @Lian - possibly? There is definitely a build up of interest and sales of the V60 PHEV reflect great driving with a real saving in BIK taxation. For those drivers who plug in at home and at work the real fuel cost savings are significant too. One customer has a 26-28 mile range on a 70p charge on economy 7. His office commute is 31 miles each way with a re-charge point at work too.

  • Robin Deal - 22/10/2014 15:11

    Once they take off, watch the government place a tax on them similar to petrol and diesel cars. Come into my web said the spider to the fly

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