Transport Minister hints at scrapping grants for electric cars after price cap decrease07/20/2021
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In an interview with Autocar, the MP for Redditch said that the Government will continually monitor the grant schemes. She said: “I think it’s right to keep on looking at that (the future of the scheme), because ultimately we need to make sure we’re not using government money to help people buy cars who could have afforded them anyway.”
The maximum grant available for those looking to buy an electric vehicle is £2,500.
In March, the grants were cut from £3,000 down to £2,500.
The Government has also changed the price cap for eligible electric vehicles from £50,000 to £35,000.
In response to the changes, Maclean said it was right for the Government to look at “where it’s making the most impact”.
She also said the grants were now targeted toward lower-priced vehicles because “that’s where people are less likely to be able to fund the cost out of their own pocket entirely.”
According to This is Money, fewer than 30 electric cars on sale today would qualify for the scheme.
Electric and hybrid cars like the new Ford Mustang Mach-e, the Audi e-tron and the Tesla Models S and X would not be within the grant price range.
Rachel Maclean also said that she has “experienced the charging infrastructure first-hand”, as she drives an electric Jaguar I-Pace.
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She said: “I’m aware that more needs to be done.
“At the moment, there are too many charging points that aren’t working when I turn up. We need to fix that. We need to see a big change there.”
In the first quarter of 2021, more than 31,000 electric vehicles were sold in Britain.
Today, Maclean visited Gridserve, the world’s first electric forecourt station in Braintree, Essex, which enables 36 electric vehicles to charge simultaneously.
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