Electric Car Sales Drop After UK Government Cuts Subsidies
Sales of electric cars have fallen sharply after the UK government cut a grant scheme that encouraged drivers to switch from petrol.
According to Department for Transport statistics, between April and June 4,200 plug-in cars were sold – the lowest for two years.
The government announced last year that it would extend grants for electric cars for a further two years but halved the payments to £2,500. Around 17,500 cars were registered in the first three months of the year as motorists took advantage of the grants before they were cut.
The Department for Transport was criticised for its “lack of strategy” in encouraging green car sales in an environmental audit select committee report published earlier this month (September).