RAC urges Chancellor to consider refreshed plug-in car grant

The RAC has called for the Chancellor to consider a refreshed plug-in car grant to help more drivers afford to be able to switch to electric cars sooner,

Following new figures out this week from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on new car registrations, RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis said:

“Following a record-breaking September for new battery electric car registrations, the market grew by an enormous 38% over the last 12 months which means the UK is still on target to have one million zero emission models registered from new by the end of this year.

“With RAC research showing more drivers expect to keep their current vehicles for longer due to the cost-of-living crisis, we believe it’s vital the Government shows its commitment to zero-emission driving and doing its bit to sustain demand by stimulating the less expensive end of new electric car market. A refreshed plug-in car grant would go a long way towards helping more drivers afford to be able to switch to electric cars sooner, so we urge the Chancellor to consider such a measure ahead of next month’s Autumn Statement.

“We hope last month’s slight softening in new battery electric registrations is just a blip and not a harbinger of things to come.”

The RAC is tracking the switch to electric vehicles on this webpage: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/electric-cars/choosing/road-to-electric/


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