£5,000 Plug-in Car Grant scheme extended

The UK government scheme offering a £5,000 grant against the cost a new plug-in vehicle is to be extended until at least February 2016.

Plug-in cars that emit less than 75g/km of Co2 qualify for the scheme. It was last renewed in 2014, with the stipulation that it would be reviewed once plug-in sales reached 50,000. That figure is expected to be passed later this year after a massive growth in sales. During the six months of this year, registrations of ultra-low emission vehicles grew 256 per cent compared to the same period in 2014.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders welcomed the news. “With British buyers taking to ultra-low emission vehicles faster than anyone else in Europe, the extension of the Plug-in Car Grant is good news,” said SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes. “The market for these vehicles remains small, however, so it is essential that government continues to provide effective incentives for their uptake.”

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is currently the best-selling plug-in car in the UK.

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