Anger at plug-in grant cut
17 October 2018
The industry reacted angrily to this week’s decision to cut the PHEV incentive and lower that supporting the purchase of pure EVs.
Rob Lindley, managing director at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK whose Outlander PHEV took 28% of the entire sector sales last month and 78% of the retail orders, said: “The decision to suddenly end grant support for some of the greenest vehicles on the road is extremely disappointing. It is completely at odds with the government’s stated objective of making the UK a world leader in green mobility in the future.”
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “We understand the pressure on the public purse but it’s astounding that just three months after publishing its ambitious vision for a zero emissions future, government has slashed the very incentive that offers our best chance of getting there.”
The government’s decision came just days before its Green GB Week Electric Vehicle Roadshow starts its tour of several cities from Monday.