The chancellor has allocated £600 million to help drive the uptake of electric vehicles, but fleets are still waiting on what that will mean for the future of the plug-in car and van grant.
The Government previously announced that the grant would be available until at least February 2016 for all categories of vehicle.
However, with that deadline fast approaching, fleets had expected to hear what the new scheme would look like in yesterday’s Autumn Statement.
Instead, while the Government said it will spend more than £600m between 2015-16 and 2020-21 to support the uptake and manufacture of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVS), there were no details on what incentives may be available in the future.
A Department for Transport (DfT) spokesman told Fleet News an announcement would be made in “due course”.
But, fleet decision-makers’ body ACFO says that decision can’t come soon enough.
John Pryor, ACFO chairman, said: “Earlier this year, the Government announced that it would replace the flat £5,000 grant with a three-tier structure linked to a car’s emissions and zero emission mileage range.
“We know the current flat £5,000 grant will remain in place until at least February next year, but that is only a few weeks away.
“The Government wants the corporate sector to drive demand for plug-in vehicles and with still no announcement on the structure of the new grant it is, once again, difficult for fleets to plan their company car decision-making long term.”