Electric car sales have plummeted to a new low in the third quarter of the year, with just 106 models bought through the Government’s grant scheme. A subsidy of up to ?5,000 has been available to buyers of EVs since January, but despite the discount, motorists have proved reluctant to move away from conventional cars.
Just 465 electric vehicles were registered in the first quarter of the year, and the number more than halved to 215 in the second quarter. The rapid decline in sales suggests that even a ?5,000 discount is not enough of an incentive to tempt motorists into electric cars. A total of ?43million is available through the electric car grant scheme – enough for 8,6000 cars – but it seems unlikely that even a fraction of that will be used.
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