Plug-in grant for motorcycles survives

Electric motorcycles are not so far affected by the cuts to the government’s plug-in grant scheme for low emission vehicles (cars).

Focusing more on the cleanest vehicles, the Office for Low Emission Vehicleshas axed grants for two categories of car – those with CO₂ emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range between 10 and 69 miles; and those with emissions of 50 to 75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles.

The maximum grant for vehicles [car] with emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles has been cut from £4500 to £3500.

As regards motorcycles, a question on the OLEV website provides clarification: “I want to buy a plug-in van/taxi/motorcycle that is currently eligible for a grant. Are these vehicles still eligible?”

“Yes. The change in rates applies only to the plug-in car grant.”

According to the website, eligible motorcycles – those that have no CO2 emissions and can travel at least 50km (31 miles) between charges – are:
•Askoll eS3
•Askoll eSpro 70
•BMW C evolution
•Eccity 125
•Eccity 125+
•Energica Ego
•Energica Eva
•Scutum Silence S02
•Torrot Muvi
•Vmoto 100
•Vmoto 120
•Zero Motorcycles (all models)

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £1500.

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