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Electric Vehicles

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of battery-powered motor vehicles purchased in the UK in each of the last five years. (256946)

The number of battery-powered vehicles registered in each of the last five years is set out in the following table. These data include all mechanically-powered vehicles which are required to be registered under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA), such as passenger cars and quadricycles such as the G-Wizz, but excludes invalid carriages or “mobility scooters”. It includes vehicles whose propulsion type is listed as ‘electricity’ (where the vehicle is powered solely by electricity supplied from an on-board battery) and excludes hybrid vehicles and electric fuel cell vehicles.

Number of new registrations

2004

569

2005

742

2006

922

2007

1,374

2008

1,322

Total

4,929

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage the use of battery-powered motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement. (256947)

The Government already provide generous support for motorists using Electric Vehicles (EVs) through the tax system (e.g. exemptions from vehicle excise duty and fuel duty). Over £100 million has been provided into research, development and demonstration of EVs and other low carbon vehicles. In addition, on 15 January 2009, the Secretary of State for Transport announced funding worth £250 million to build a system of consumer incentives to build the market for ultra-low emission vehicles, including EVs.