TODAY motorists can benefit from the ‘Plug-In Car Grant’ of up to £5k when buying any qualifying ‘green’ car.
Cars producing less than 75g/km are entitled to the grant which consists of nine cars, three of which are available to buy now.
The grant comes into effect from today one month on from the announcement in December.
‘The transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles is a great opportunity for the UK motor industry,’ said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.
‘The Plug-In Car Grant will support the delivery of practical, low carbon vehicles and we will see further progress of new and conventional technologies in the years ahead.
‘The incentive, coupled with the charging infrastructure programme, Plugged-In Places, is helping to develop a co-ordinated and comprehensive approach to creating vital consumer demand.’
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.
Another round of eligible vehicles will be announced later this year.
London, Milton Keynes, North East England, Midlands, Greater Manchester, East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will share £20m will install more than 15,000 charging points in the coming years.