Cash for electric cars: the details
Subject to approval from the European Commission, the grant will be available from January 2011, and will fund 25% of the purchase price of a new electric car – up to a maximum of £5000.
The grant will be available for fully electric cars, such as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the 2011 Nissan Leaf, plug-in electric hybrids such as the Vauxhall Ampera and hydrogen fuel-cell cars.
Cars will have to meet safety and performance criteria
Anyone wanting to claim the grant, will have to buy a car that meets the following criteria:
• It must be a car – not quad bike-based vehicles such as the G-Wiz.
• Emit a maximum of 75g/km of CO2 if it's a plug-in hybrid
• Have a minimum range of 70 miles as an electric-only vehicle
• Have a minimum battery-powered range of 10 miles if a plug-in hybrid
• Have a three-year or 75,000-mile warranty
• Have a three-year warranty on the battery or a five-year warranty if requested by the customer (presumably at extra cost, although this has not been clarified)
• It must retain ‘a reasonable degree of performance after a three-year period of normal use’. Further definition of this is not given.
As with the scrappage scheme, the discount will be applied at the point of sale, so car buyers won’t have to pay the full amount first and then claim the money back. There is no limit to the number of cars you can buy to receive the cash, and the scheme is open to both private individuals and companies.
A total of £230 million is being put aside by the Government, which is enough for at least 46,000 cars. The scheme will run to March 31, 2014 at the latest and be reviewed after 12 months.