March the 1st is new registration day in the UK. Fred Murphy paid 20% less for his machine – on the road today – thanks to the recently introduced OLEV grant.
The first electric motorcycle to be bought with the new ‘plug in’ subsidy is on the road from today. Bought, surprisingly by self-confessed petrol head and early adopter, Fred Murphy, the Zero FXS 6.5 qualified for the recently introduced Office for Low Emission Vehicles grant (OLEV).
The bike came from 21st Moto in Swanley, Kent, Rob Francis, Dealer Principal of 21st Moto says the system of claiming the subsidy is extremely easy for customers “The dealership does all the work, so there are no forms to fill out, or paperwork to complete. The dealer makes the application direct to OLEV and the price is reduced by £1500 or 20% of the total purchase cost, whichever is the smaller number.”
Customer Fred Murphy, who has owned and ridden motorcycles for more than 25 years, has traded in a petrol bike for his electric one. He said enjoyment and an interest in new technology was the motivation behind his purchase and that he will be commuting to work on it.
“As an ‘electronics geek’ and an early adopter, I have always been interested in electric bikes and tried my first Zero back in 2012, so when the ‘plug in’ grant finally came in, this was enough to justify my jump to electric.”
His Zero FXS, has an average range of 60 miles, a top speed of 85mph and costs the equivalent of a penny a mile to power. It can be charged using a household three pin plug but with faster charge options full charging time can be reduced to 2 hours.
How does an electric machine qualify?
Up to now the ‘plug in’ subsidy has only been available for electric cars and vans, but it can now be applied to electric motorcycles and scooters, so long as they meet certain quality criteria. This includes having a battery with 5 years’ warranty and a good range.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, which lobbied for the subsidy, says motorcycles and scooters will help cut congestion “Whether electric or not, a motorcycle, scooter or moped benefits from reduced journey times, easier or free parking, no congestion charge and is normally cheaper to run and insure. There is also the added benefit that it’s just more fun than other modes of transport.”*
We road tested the latest 3-wheeeled electric scooter recently, read Sticky’s report and watch the videos here: Goodyear eGo 2