Government grant for plug-in hybrids scrapped

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They added: "The PICG has helped the plug-in hybrid market become more established, and the government will now focus its support on zero emission models like pure electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars".

The UK is sunsetting emissions credits for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and reducing car grants for battery-electric vehicle car grants from £4,500 to £3,500, according to a report published Thursday by Auto Express.

It said that it would support the next 35,000 electric cars sold, but did not elaborate on longer-term plans to encourage ultra-low emission vehicles.

If you've been trying to decide between a hybrid and an electric, the government's just basically made the decision for you: the financial incentives for buying a hybrid are to be slashed.

At the same time, buyers of zero-emission electric and hydrogen-powered cars, such as the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Mirai, will see their grants fall by £1,000 to £3,500.

Plug-in hybrid vehicles will no longer be eligible for a grant from the government of the United Kingdom, while EVs will have their grant reduced.

The change comes three months after the government published its Road to Zero strategy, with a proposal to remove petrol and diesel cars from United Kingdom roads by 2050, forcing all motorists to own electric models.

Government grants for pure electric vehicles (EVs) are to be reduced, while those for now available plug-in hybrids will be scrapped altogether.


Sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, which include various types of environmentally-friendly cars, are the fastest growing sector in the auto market, rising 22 per cent so far this year, according to research from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

And Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: "The government wants to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars, but scrapping grants for low emission cars may well stall their progress".

When the grant for plug-ins was cut to £2,500 two years ago, Mitsubishi responded by cutting the price of the Outlander PHEV by the same amount, since when sales of the Mitsubishi - and other PHEVs - has continued to rise.

The government claims the lowering of the category one grant is due to reductions in the price of EVs, while plug-in hybrids will continue to be supported through lower tax rates, grants for charging infrastructure, and local incentives such as free parking.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT motor manufacturers body, said removing the grant for plug-in hybrids was "totally at odds" with ambitions to cut Carbon dioxide and "sends yet more confusing signals to vehicle buyers".

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: 'The reduction of the plug-in auto grant is a major blow to anyone hoping to go green with their next vehicle choice, and makes little sense when we need to focus our efforts on lowering emissions from vehicles'. He added: "Without world-class incentives, government's world-class ambitions will not be delivered".

The RAC's head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes described it as a "major blow" for motorists looking to make an EV or PHEV their next vehicle.

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