Electric car scheme gets off to slow start

The government’s plug-in car grant designed to promote the uptake of electric vehicles received 534 registrations between 1 January and 20 April 2011

The government’s plug-in car grant (PICG), designed to promote the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), saw 534 registrations between 1 January and 20 April 2011, with 465 ordered in the first quarter. Only 213 EVs had been delivered to customers by then.

The PICG subsidises the purchase of EVs by up to £5,000, with £43m put aside for the first year to fund up to 8,600 cars. A further £300m has been set aside, subject to review in January 2012 (ENDS Report 433, pp 34-38).

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