Sales of electric cars and other plug-in vehicles continue to increase, with a record number of people taking advantage of government grants.
In the last three months the government has delivered over 5,000 Plug-in Car Grants (more than double the number in the previous three months) which reduces the cost of an ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) by up to £5,000 for cars and £8,000 for vans.
With driving costs from as little as 2p per mile and as the network of charging points expands and the model range grows, the appeal of a ULEV vehicle continues to build.
All new vehicles are expected to have some kind of ULEV element by 2040.
The plug-in car grant is one of a range of Department for Transport measures in place to encourage people to buy ultra-low emission vehicles.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “It is not surprising that people want these vehicles – they are a pleasure to drive and incredibly cheap to run, as well as beneficial to the environment. The government is breaking down barriers that may have put people off in the past.
“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.”
A website supported by the government and industry provides advice and information on ULEVs, including a guide that matches those using the site with the vehicle that most closely matches their needs.