UK drivers ‘unaware’ of government’s electric car grant

Nearly a third of UK drivers are more likely to purchase an electric car once informed of the scheme. Photo: Chuttersnap/Unsplash
Nearly a third of UK drivers are more likely to purchase an electric car once informed of the scheme. Photo: Chuttersnap/Unsplash

Two in five UK drivers do not know there is a government grant available for buying an electric car, research suggests.

The plug-in grant offers savings of up to 35% off the purchase price of qualifying vehicles, up to a maximum of £3,000 ($3,915).

With the average cost of an electric car currently up to double that of a standard vehicle, it’s a purchase beyond the means of many drivers, which is why the government launched the grant in March, to encourage the purchase of low-emissions cars.

However, 41% of drivers are “unaware” of the government’s flagship electric vehicle discount scheme, according to a survey of 4,000 by HonestJohn.co.uk.

There is a growing preference for alternative fuel cars in general, with half the nation (48%) considering buying one next

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Governments Are Forcing People Into Dirty Company Cars

European taxpayers are paying €32 billion ($38 billion) each year on polluting petrol or diesel cars, according to a new study released this week by the environmental NGO Transport & Environment.

Six out of ten cars in Europe are owned by companies or organisations who give them to their employees to use. Almost all of these are powered by fossil fuels, the study finds, despite the increasing availability of electric vehicles. The 10 largest leasing companies alone – including BMW’s Alphabet and Daimler’s Athlon – cause 8% of EU car CO2 emissions because they are driven over twice as many miles as private cars, according to the study.

The problem is particularly acute in countries with high income tax that allow companies to pay employees with tax-free benefits instead of cash in order to lessen the heavy income

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