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On January 4th 2011, the UK's £5,000 ($8,318 U.S. at the current exchange rate) plug-in vehicle grant scheme went live, meaning that motorists across the UK could purchase an eligible plug-in and apply to get a significant chunk of money back from the government.

The scheme was established with hopes of boosting sales of plug-in vehicles and pushing the UK to be Europe's leading adopter of low-carbon cars. To date, figures released by the UK's junior transport minister, Norman Baker, show that only 534 plug-in vehicles were registered under the grant scheme. Furthermore, just 213 of those vehicles have been delivered to customers thus far.

At this time, nine vehicles – not all of which are currently available – are listed to be eligible for the grant, including:
A sales surge is expected as more qualifying vehicles hit dealerships in the coming months across the UK.

[Source: Guardian.co.uk]


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      David Peilow
      • 3 Years Ago
      What you fail to realise here is that this is a problem with supply, not demand. Almost all the cars were not out in the first quarter - the i-MiEV being the main exception by launching in January and the Leaf hitting dealers in late March. The fact they shifted 500 in those circumstances should be seen as good news not spun into something negative as the Guardian did here (and you copied). As for the Tesla, by all accounts they didn't get their paperwork in for the original deadline and are supposed to be getting added to the list later.
        David Peilow
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David Peilow
        P.S. that's an Opel Ampera in the picture and technically not on your list.
      Caleb Fisher
      • 3 Years Ago
      No Tesla Roadster??
        Peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Caleb Fisher
        One could venture that, unlike the other rides mentioned, the buyers of Tesla Roadsters neither deserve nor need state support. After all what is the policy purpose of state support except to drive sales volume of consumer daily EV rides to the point of economy of scale that they can become viable against ICE vehicles even without the subsidy. Or Eric missed one In either case, for practical purposes 534 is the EV sales volume for the UK in the 1st quarter. It begins.
          Marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          No sooner than a Government announces a policy, than the usual envy driven leftist Puritans must redefine the policy to suit their petty inadequacies. The bonus provided, assists freedom from dependence on oil no matter what EV is driven. The environment doesn't care if you are driving a Tata or a Tesla, all that matters is the lack of excess ICE exhaust. The sad thing is that the UK Government didn't provide sufficient incentives, early enough, for EV commercial vehicles, to ensure Smiths stayed in the UK, and Modec stayed in business.
      Roy_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is an interesting omission, maybe they have a price ceiling for qualifying EVs and PHEVs. "only 534 plug-in vehicles registered..." is more a reflection of availability than demand. We will see what the number is this time next year.