Motoring groups criticise cut in electric car subsidies

Excerpt from bbc.com

Motoring groups have criticised plans to further cut the size of government grants towards buying electric cars.

From Wednesday, the amount has been reduced from £2,500 to £1,500. Electric cars priced under £32,000 are eligible.

The Department for Transport says it’s targeting the funding at more affordable vehicles.

The government’s plug-in subsidy scheme has been used to buy nearly 500,000 cars over the past decade.

The government argues that while grants have reduced over time, sales of electric vehicles have grown, reaching record levels in 2021.

Sales of zero-emission new cars are up 89% this year compared with 2020, and in the last three months nearly a quarter of new cars sold had a plug. Sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in the UK will be banned from 2030.