The government recently announced that the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) was to be scrapped for new plug-in hybrids from 9th November, while discounts on 100% electric cars will be cut from £4,500 to £3,500. The grant limits have been reached early, meaning that the reduction in funding for new electric cars will be in place from 21st October. The scheme has been in place since 2011 to encourage the sale of greener cars and help meet emissions targets.
It was only in July that the Road to Zero strategy, the government's 46-point plan to help the transition to all-electric motoring, was published. So, it seems like a strange decision to reduce the amount of financial support given to buyers open to switching from traditionally fuelled cars to a hybrid or all-electric model.
Despite the changes to the scheme, you can still receive a £3,500 grant for a Category 1 vehicle. A Category 1 car is able to travel 70 miles on electric power alone.
Here at Wilsons, we stock the market-leading Nissan Leaf and the multi-award winning Renault Zoe. Both of these models have received battery capacity upgrades allowing them to travel further on a single charge. The Leaf is capable of achieving up to 235 miles, while the Zoe can take you up to 179 miles with its new 80kW R110 engine.
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