Electric vehicle take-up recovers in first half of 2012
Green road transport news - by GreenWise staff
9th July 2012
Take up of electric and hybrid cars rose by just under 20 per cent in the first half of 2012, with 134 more claims registered through the Plug-in Car Grant during the period compared to the first half of 2011.
Figures released last week by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles
show that as of June 30 2012 a total of 814 claims were made through the Government’s £5000 electric car grant
in the first six months of 2012 compared to 892 claims received during the whole of 2011. The claims represent a rise of 134 on the 680 claims made under the Plug-in Car Grant
in the first half of 2011.
Plug-in Van Grant
This year’s figures were boosted by a further 99 claims made under the Government’s £8000 Plug-in Van Grant
, which was launched at the beginning of 2012. This means a total of 1805 claims have been to date for both cars and vans through the Plug-in Grant, 913 of those in the first half of 2012 compared to 892 claims in the whole of 2011.
Transport Minister Norman Baker said the figures were "broadly in line" with Government expectations and that a greater choice of low emission vehicle models should help sustain the growth going forward.
"The UK is at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution and I am confident that sales will increase further with the introduction of new plug-in vehicles to the market over the coming year," he said.
2011 EV sales slump
In January 2011, former Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, said "2011 could be remembered as the year the electric car took off" as he launched the Plug-in Car Grant, but that failed to materialise. Instead, the second half of 2011 saw a slump in electric vehicle sales, when just 212 claims were made through the Plug-in Car Grant compared to 680 in the first half.
However, this year has seen the launch of the Plug-in Van Grant
, through which seven electric vans can benefit from up to £8000 off the cost of their retail price. Meanwhile, the introduction of new electric and hybrid car models such as the Renault Flunece Ze and Vauxhall’s range extended Ampera, are expected to boost claims made under the Plug-in Car Grant. Vauxhall, which launched the Ampera in May, forecasts it will sell 3,500 units of the £30,000 car in the UK by the end of 2012.
"This is good news for the UK economy, where we are quickly becoming the destination of choice for manufacturers, and good news for the environment," Barker said.
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