£1500 off the cost of an electric scooter suddenly makes them look a bit more attractive…
A ‘Plug in’ grant of up to £1500 has just been made available to purchasers of electric scooters/bikes. Previously the grants were only available to electric car buyers.
The grant means the price of an electric vehicle will be reduced by £1500 or 20% of the total purchase price (whichever is smaller). The grant will be made available to certain manufacturers who meet the quality criteria, which includes a 5-year battery warranty and a decent range. Manufacturers have to apply to OLEV, the government department responsible for encouraging the use of low emission vehicles, to be accepted for the grant. Once accepted customers will be eligible for the discounts.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA (Motorcycle Industry Association) says this should help make electric vehicles and travel more affordable for many people: “This opens the door to zero emission transport to people who have not been able to afford electric cars, which tended to have been a ‘lifestyle choice’. Motorcycles and scooters are an extremely accessible form of electric transport and have the capacity to significantly reduce congestion, since they share all the advantages of riding a regular powered two wheeler. Riders can filter through traffic, often use bus lanes and usually get closer to their end destination, cutting door to door journey times.
“Motorcycles are exempt from congestion charges with ‘fuel’ costing the equivalent of a penny a mile and nothing to pay for vehicle tax, plus cheaper or free parking. Switching to an electric motorcycle or scooter could result in huge savings for the average commuter, or for businesses which operate fleet vehicles.”
Jamie Masterman, Commercial Director for Rieju UK and importer of the Scutum electric fleet scooter told us “Its great news for advanced zero emission two wheel products and will help reduce the price gap to traditionally powered machines, this will vastly improve consumer take up. For the shorter distance commuter lightweight electric two wheelers will now be able to offer ultra low running costs and comparable performance without breaking the bank”.
Plug it in
The ‘Plug in’ grant is part of a £35 million package unveiled by Transport Minister John Hayes recently (13th October 2016). Initially £3.75 million will be set aside specifically for zero emission scooters and motorcycles. The funding will also see thousands more electric charge points being installed on streets and at workplaces across the UK. The registration of new ultra low emission vehicles has risen by 250% over the last two years. John Hayes said: “No matter what mode of transport you need – a scooter to get to work, a car or a van to run your business – we are here to help you do it with zero emissions”.