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Plug in and save

Plug in and save

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Is it the impact on our bank balance rather than on the environment that’s the reason we’re switching to electric cars?

The number of electric cars on Britain’s roads has more than doubled in the last year, according to recent Government figures, which show 45,326 plug-in and hybrid cars were in service. This compared to just 20,522 vehicles at the start of 2015. Overall, this represents a phenomenal growth since 2010, when there were just 134 electric vehicles on our roads, according to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) data.

There’s no doubting that growth has accelerated rapidly since the Government introduced the plug-in car grant scheme at the start of 2011, which offers up to £4,500 off the price. The grant is deducted from the price of the vehicle at the point of sale by the dealership. No paperwork is required from the customer, except a survey, to benefit from the grant. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/plug-in-car-grant/plug-in-car-grant-eligibility-guidance

However, the number of electric vehicles is still just a tiny fraction of the 31 million plus petrol and diesel engined cars in the UK.

For further information on electric cars – from facts and figures to where to charge an electric car, visit Go Ultra Low (www.goultralow.com), the Government and industry-backed campaign, the one-stop-shop for everything about electric cars, which is currently supported by Audi, BMW, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Toyota, Volkswagen, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), and the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

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