EVA England, a consumer association offering a voice for electric vehicle drivers in England, warns of risky changes to the plug-in car grant. The UK Government announces from today, 18 March 2021, the government will provide grants of up to £2,500 for electric vehicles on cars priced under £35,000. This signals a change from the previous grant which allowed for a £3000 reduction in the purchase price of a battery electric car.
Gill Nowell, a Director at EVA England, comments:
“Whilst the Government’s plug-in car grant has worked well to stimulate the electric car and van market for the last ten years, the timing of these changes to the grant is risky. There are a significant number of popular family cars, and vans, that will now fall outside of the grant parameters. This change may risk the growth trend that is necessary to achieve the Government’s own emissions targets. If the Government’s plan is to steadily reduce the Plug-in Car Grant then other action needs to be taken to ensure a smooth glide path towards price parity and mass adoption.”
More information on the changes to the plug-in car, van and truck grant can be found on the Government’s website.
Notes to Editors
About Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England
Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England was established in June 2020 to offer a voice, services and representation to current and prospective electric vehicle drivers in England. EVA England is a non-profit community interest company registered in England and Wales, founded by passionate drivers inspired by the benefits of electric driving and concerned by the health and climate impacts of the use of petrol and diesel cars and vans.
For more information or to request an interview, please contact:
Gill Nowell, EVA England Board Member and Media Liaison