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Vehicles: Electric Power

Volume 713: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote the use of electric vehicles. [HL5643]

The new cross-Whitehall office for low emission vehicles (OLEV) has been established to promote the uptake and delivery of ultra-low carbon vehicles (such as plug-in hybrid and electric cars) into the UK transport mix.

£230 million will be available between 2011 and 2014 to create a consumer incentive scheme to reduce the cost of electric and plug-in hybrid cars by between £2,000 and £5,000.

Up to £30 million will be available for the plugged- in-places infrastructure framework to help regional consortia of cities, private businesses and utility companies install electric vehicle charging infrastructure to help create a UK network of electric car cities.

The Government have also provided more than £140 million for research, development and demonstration of low carbon vehicles through the Technology Strategy Board's low carbon vehicle innovation platform and the Department for Transport’s low carbon vehicle public procurement programme.

Separately to this, electric vehicles (EVs) are also generously supported through the taxation systems: owners of EVs are exempt from paying vehicle excise duty and fuel duty, businesses which purchase electric and low carbon cars can claim enhanced capital allowances and people who use electric cars as their company car pay the lowest rate of benefit in kind.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what encouragement they will give to those who use electric road transport instead of oil-based vehicles. [HL5758]

The new cross-Whitehall Office for low emission vehicles (OLEV) has been established to promote the uptake and delivery of ultra-low carbon vehicles (such as plug-in hybrid and electric cars) into the UK transport mix.

£230 million will be available between 2011 and 2014 to create a consumer incentive scheme to reduce the cost of electric and plug-in hybrid cars by between £2,000 and £5,000.

Up to £30 million will be available for the plugged- in-places infrastructure framework to help regional consortia of cities, private businesses and utility companies install electric vehicle charging infrastructure to help create a UK network of electric car cities.

Separately to this, electric vehicles (EVs) are also generously supported through the taxation systems: owners of EVs are exempt from paying vehicle excise duty and fuel duty, businesses which purchase electric and low carbon cars can claim enhanced capital allowances and people who use electric cars as their company car pay the lowest rate of benefit in kind.