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Plug-in hybrid vehicle sales fail to take off despite government’s ultra-low emission incentive scheme

The latest registration figures for plug-in vehicles have confirmed that the government’s ultra-low emission incentive scheme is failing to ignite the market.

Newly-published DVLA data shows that registrations of plug-in-grant eligible cars grew by just 14 per cent in the first half of 2013, compared to the previous six months. This is less than the 17 per cent growth achieved by the overall new car market.

Meanwhile, registrations of plug-in-grant eligible vans actually fell by 27 per cent, with just 119 registered in the first half of 2013 compared to the 163 registered in the second half of 2012.

“These figures show that the current strategy for driving uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles is not working,” explained BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney.

“The fleet market buys more than half of all new vehicles registered each year and operates the greenest cars and vans on UK roads. As bulk purchasers, fleet operators could create a huge surge in demand for plug-in vehicles if they were given the right package of incentives. Unfortunately, the current tax regime actually encourages many fleets not to run plug-in vehicles.


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