The number of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) on British roads has notably risen thanks to the UK Plug-in Car Grant that has issued over 5,000 grants for the purchase of plug-in vehicles in the UK in the last three months. There are now over 17,000 grant-funded ULEVs driving around the UK.
Although the plug-in scheme was launched in 2010, July to September 2014 accounted for almost a third of all the approved plug-in grants for electric and other plug-in vehicles. The Plug-in Car Grant reduces the price of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) by up to £5,000 for cars and £8,000 for vans, making driving costs as low as two pence per mile.
This surge in plug-in car sales furthers the UK’s position in the globally competitive electric car market, but as Next Energy News reported in August, the UK is still significantly behind major electric vehicle leaders like North America and Japan.
The UK’s Department for Transport said all new vehicles will have some kind of ULEV element by 2040.
“This growing confidence helps the UK strengthen its position as a global leader in developing green technology. Expanding this sector is also creating thousands of jobs and contributing to Britain’s thriving £11 billion automotive industry, and encouraging more investment in the UK – a key part of this government’s long-term economic plan,” said Transport Minister Baroness Kramer.