Cuts to electric vehicle subsidies announced

From 9 November, grants for new plug-in hybrids will be scrapped, while discounts on all-electric cars will be cut from £4,500 to £3,500. Will the same happen to the subsidies for electric motorcycles, the truth is we don’t know yet.

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The announcement from the Department of Transport is very much against the current green energy trends and the policy of the Scottish government. In addition to paying up to the first £1500 of the cost of an electric motorcycle the Scottish government had extended the financial support to include o% finance on most models.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said:

“It’s disappointing that the Department of Transport has decided to cut the level of support available to prospective electric and hybrid electric owners, 

“The Scottish Government is committed to phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 and growth in the registration of new EV and PHEV vehicles is higher in Scotland than in the rest of the UK.  This year we are making available almost £50m to continue to support the take up of low emission vehicles. 

“We will consider the implications of the DfT announcement for growth in greener transport in Scotland and provide further information in due course.”

The latest news is certainly going to be a blow to the electric car market and we’ll be watching this closely in the months ahead to see any moves made against motorcycles.