THE Government has announced today the vehicles which will be eligible for the new ‘Plug-In Car Grant’.
Transport secretary Philip Hammond and business minister Mark Prisk set out details for the incentive and announced the UK locations that will receive funding in the second round of ‘Plugged-In Places’, boosting the UK’s electric vehicle charging network.
From 1 January 2011, motorists will be entitled to a Plug-In Car Grant of 25 per cent or up to £5,000 when buying any qualifying low carbon car with CO2 emissions less than 75g/km.
The announcement also detailed the five successful areas that bid for Plugged-In Places funding. The Midlands, Greater Manchester, East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will share £20m to install 4,000 more charging points in the coming years. These new zones join round one winners London, Milton Keynes and North East England that will install over 11,000 charging posts across the three regions by 2013.
Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: ‘The transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles is a great opportunity for the UK motor industry. The Plug-In Car Grant and infrastructure investment through the Plugged-In Places scheme is helping to create a co-ordinated and comprehensive approach to creating vital consumer demand.
‘The motor industry is making great progress in delivering practical, low carbon vehicles and we will see further progress of new and conventional technologies in the years ahead. Today’s announcements confirm the UK as a leading player in making low carbon an economic and environmental winner.’
The vehicles eligible for the grant are: Mitsubishi i-MiEV, smart fortwo electric drive, Peugeot iOn, Nissan Leaf, Tata Vista, Citroen CZero, Vauxhall Ampera, Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and Chevrolet’s Volt.
Today also marks Vauxhall’s announcement of the prices for its Ampera Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) model.
With the £5000 Government Plug-In Car Grant deducted, the Ampera will be available for £28,995. The new car has a 50-mile range electric battery and a generator that boosts the range to 360 miles, is applicable for free TFL congestion charge, no Vehicle Excise Duty payments and 5 per cent company car taxation.