Through the registrations claimed against UK’s Plug-in Car EV rate program, which is good for up to £5,000 in rebates per vehicle, we can see that plug-in vehicle interest is really spreading. Of the 3200 grants that have been claimed, less than 1,000 of those were claimed prior to 2012. That means that 2012 saw a 250% increase over the previous year in the number of plug-in electric vehicles sold.
For the 3000 electric and plug-in vehicles sold in the UK, most are the Nissan Leafs, followed by the Vauxhall Ampera, Renault Twizy, Renault Kangoo ZE, Mitsubishi i-Miev, and Puegoet iOn.
In response, the UK has announced it is expanding its second phase of the “Plugged in Places” scheme. The Plugged in Places program will now enable electric vehicle owners to claim up to 75% of the cost of installing home charging facilities, up to a maximum of £1,000. The first phase of the program has already funded 2800 charging stations, and will expire when that number hits 800 stations.
Since not everyone has their own garages in the UK, the government is budgeting £11m to local authorities for on-street charging for residents who own a plug-in vehicle but don’t have a dedicated spot on their property. Since the owner will not be applying for a grant, the local authorities can instead apply for the grant instead.
Government officials have also agreed to set aside £12m to expand rapid charging points in key locations, like main roads, railway stations, and on government building properties.
“This investment underlines the Government’s commitment to making sure that the UK is a world leader in the electric car industry, “said Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary. “Plug in vehicles can help the consumer by offering a good driving experience and low running costs.”