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Energy: Electric Vehicles

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they have discontinued end-user grants through the Energy Savings Trust for electric vehicle technology. [HL1909]

Following a consultation on the TransportEnergy grants in 2004, in response to which both industry and Government expressed support for a technology-neutral approach, the grant programmes were suspended.

Technology-neutral programmes were considered and developed, including the low carbon car grant programme, but a review of the programmes showed that they would not offer value for money.

Other incentives for the uptake of electric vehicles include their exemption from vehicle excise duty and fuel-cost savings.