Thursday 28 October 2010

The Good Garage Scheme looks at measures being introduced to increase demand for low carbon vehicles

The Electric Car Guide has been published by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to help motorists wishing to buy an electric vehicle. It gives advice on Government incentives, on-the-road costs and safety plus providing information on vehicle performance and charging, batteries and on-the-road costs.

The chief executive of The SMMT, Paul Everitt, advised: “Over the past decade, the pace of technological developments in the automotive industry has picked up considerably as vehicle manufacturers focus on increasing the fuel efficiency of their vehicles and cutting CO2 emissions.

“Our responsibility is therefore greater than ever to guide motorists through the increasing range of choices they now face. It is important they understand the benefits they can experience, equipping them with the best information to make the right purchasing decision for their driving needs.”

Philip Hammond, Transport secretary, confirmed recently that the ‘Plug-In Car Grant’ will get the green light from January of next year. This is designed to help stimulate demand for low carbon vehicles.

As a result of this,  when buying a car that is either hydrogen fuel celled, electric or plug-in hybrid, users will be entitled to a grant for up to a quarter of the cost, though this will be capped at £5,000. This is providing it meets safety, reliability, performance and warranty standards set by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) in consultation with the industry.

To get a copy download it here.

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