Motorists failing to take advantage of green car incentives

Published on Monday, 25 July 2011 16:18
Posted by Scott Buckler

Despite the government providing incentives of up to £5,000 for buyers of ultra-low carbon vehicles, buyers seem reluctant to purchase such models (July 25th)


This is the claim made by the RAC Foundation, which has published figures showing just 215 vehicles were purchased under the Plug-In Grant scheme during the second quarter of it being in place.

A total of 465 electric cars were purchased in the first three months of the initiative, which was launched on January 1st 2011 and is available to both businesses and individuals.

The UK now has a total electric car fleet of fewer than 2,500 vehicles, compared with a total of 28 million models in ownership across the country.

RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister suggested that in the short to medium term it may be sensible "to concentrate as much on already proven hybrid technology as anything else".

The Department for Transport provides a list of those vehicles that are eligible for the Plug-In Car Grant, all of which have tailpipe emissions of 75g carbon dioxide per kilometre and include plug-in hybrid, electric and hydrogen models.


Source: CILT UK

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