Government axes plug-in car grant to boost funding for electric vans and trucks

The Government’s plug-in car grant scheme has been axed with the funding refocused towards extending plug-in grants for new electric vans and trucks and supporting the roll out of the public chargepoint network, reports Carol Millett.

The move, announced with immediate effect from today (14 June), is supported by a new public evaluation report which highlights that, while the plug-in car grant was vital in building the early market for EVs, it has since been having less of an effect on demand, with other existing price incentives, such as company car tax, continuing to have an important impact.

The report also found the plug-in van and truck market will benefit more from grant incentives, by supporting businesses and their fleets in making the switch.  The plug-in grant for vans and trucks will run until at least 2024/25, the DfT has confirmed.

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