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Plug In Car Grant Extended

A grant scheme to reduce the cost of eligible electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen cars has been extended until at least 2017, or until 50,000 electric cars have been sold.

The Government has extended the Plug-in Car Grant until at least 2017, or until 50,000 electric cars have been sold.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the cost of eligible electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen cars.

The grant is part of a wider initiative - also including the development of low-emission vehicle technologies, establishment of a service infrastructure and provision of charging stations for electric vehicles - to promote the uptake of next generation, ultra-low emission vehicle technologies. By stimulating the uptake of electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen powered vehicles, the grant will contribute to reducing carbon and pollution emissions by road vehicles, helping to meet national targets for carbon reduction, and decrease the future manufacturing and purchase cost of ultra-low emission vehicles.

Grant assistance is available to cover up to 25% of project costs up to a maximum of £5,000.

The grant is available to individuals and businesses in the UK. Vehicles must be pre-approved and registered in the UK.

Both commercial and private buyers are eligible to purchase vehicles under the scheme.

The vehicle is likely to be eligible if it is one of the following:

  • Electric vehicles (EVs) – these run completely on batteries and are plugged into the mains to be recharged.
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) – these use a petrol or diesel engine combined with a battery that plugs into the mains.
  • Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and other technologies.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg commented:

"Owning an electric car is no longer a dream or an inconvenience. Manufacturers are turning to this new technology to help motorists make their everyday journeys green and clean. This major investment is there to make driving an electric car affordable, convenient, and free from anxiety about the battery running out. But it’s also about creating a culture change in our towns and cities so that driving a greener vehicle is a no-brainer for most drivers."

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