Zero emission grant set to start in January

At long last the much vaunted Government grant for plug-in vehicles has been given the go-ahead. The deal which will start on January 1st 2011 was first proposed by the last Labour Government and although the Coalition Government never actually scrapped it they have been very slow in actually confirming they would honour the deal.

The grant has now been confirmed and producers of cars such as the new zero emission Nissan Leaf will be expecting the grant to encourage a lot more motorists to get a motor insurance quote on the new car. There are another eight cars that will qualify for the grant and these are; The Tata Vista, the Citroen C-ZERO, which will be launched later in the year, with the Vauxhall Ampera, Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid due in 2012. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Peugeot i0n and Smart Fortwo electric drive will be available straight away.

Paul Everitt, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said “The transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles is a great opportunity for the UK motor industry. The Plug-In Car Grant and infrastructure investment through the Plugged-In Places scheme is helping to create a coordinated and comprehensive approach to creating vital consumer demand.

“The motor industry is making great progress in delivering practical, low carbon vehicles and we will see further progress of new and conventional technologies in the years ahead.”

The grant will certainly be welcomed by garage forecourt owners around the UK who will be hoping the appeal of an alternative type of vehicle will boost visitors and sales to their showrooms in which was otherwise promising to be a slow start to the year. Motorists will be able to get a grant of up to £5,000 on the purchase of a plug-in vehicle.

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