Last reviewed 6 May 2021

The Government claims green motoring in the UK has reached a milestone and is “accelerating at speed,” as it cuts plug in grants for electric vehicles.

The UK has achieved a new green motoring milestone with half-a-million ultra-low emission vehicles now on the road. And, according to transport secretary, Grant Shapps, the Government wants to “drive decarbonisation on the global stage”.

“With news that the half-a-million milestone has now been met, together with the UK now having the second largest EV market in Europe, it’s clear that the shift to green motoring is accelerating at speed.”

But the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) that has led to higher sales in electric vehicles has just been cut by the Government from £3000 to £2500. Data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said sales of electric cars slowed last month, down from an average of 7.5% for the first three months of 2021 because of the PiCG cuts.

Shapps had already scrapped the subsidy for hybrid vehicles and had indicated that the PiCG would eventually be scrapped altogether, as prices for EV models fall and more people switch to ultra-low emission vehicles.

Commenting on the government’s plans, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “The automotive sector is transforming the way we drive, investing billions in ever greener and cleaner vehicles across the range, with 1 in 4 available models now capable of being ‘plugged in’”.

The Government has pledged a £2.8 billion package of measures to support industry and drivers to make the switch to cleaner vehicles, as part of its commitment to meet UK climate change obligations and improve air quality in towns and cities.  

A further £1.3 billion will also be provided over the next four years to encourage the continued roll-out of charge points on motorways, major A roads and streets, and in homes and businesses.