Huge reductions in subsidies for green cars will have a “devastating impact” on attempts to cut roadside emissions, the motor industry warned yesterday. The government was accused of throwing a “mad curveball” into the campaign to clean up Britain’s vehicle fleet by announcing that grants for environmentally friendly cars would be abolished or reduced. It was revealed yesterday that the Department for Transport would cut financial incentives for buying green cars from next month. The grant for pure electric cars – at present a maximum of £4,500 – will be reduced to £3,500, affecting vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. Hybrid vehicles, which run on a mix of petrol or diesel and electric batteries, will no longer qualify at all. This includes bestsellers such as the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid.
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THE Scottish Government has hit out at Westminster’s Department for Transport (DfT) after it was revealed that the subsidy for “green” cars is to be reduced from November 9. The DfT announced that it will cut grants for electric vehicles (EVs) by £1000 and will disqualify a host of plug-in hybrid models from the popular Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) scheme. The UK Government was effectively saying that the grant scheme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars has been a victim of its own success. In a statement, the DfT said the grant rate for Category 1 vehicles with zero emissions will move from £4500 to £3500 and Category 2 and 3 vehicles – usually hybrids – will no longer be eligible for the grant. “The Scottish Government is committed to phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 and growth in the registration of new EV and PHEV vehicles is higher in Scotland than in the rest of the UK. This year we are making available almost £50 million to continue to support the take up of low emission vehicles.
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EDF Energy has partnered with Nissan to launch a new energy storage proposition using second life batteries with the utility’s proprietary demand side response (DSR) platform in the latest high profile collaboration in the UK energy sector. The pair have signed a new agreement in Paris which will begin with a joint project to test the business case around using retired batteries from Nissan electric vehicles for commercial battery storage.
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