CAR GRANTS for those purchasing brand new fully-electric road cars have been dramatically cut from £3,000 to £2,500 under a new initiative from the Government.
Campaigners have attacked the proposals with many warning it could be families and those who need to purchase larger road cars who will be the most affected. The proposals also cap the scheme to models only priced below £35,000.
This means the UK’s most popular electric car, the Tesla Model 3 will no longer qualify as part of the plug-in grant discount.
With sales of brand new petrol and diesel road cars banned from 2040, drivers must switch.
But, road users can still secure a range of vehicles under the new measures including the popular Renault Zoe and Honda E.
The Nissan Leaf is one of the longest-running electric vehicles on the market and is a popular option for those making the switch.
The Leaf is available for just over £27,000 while the Leaf + model can be purchased for around £33,000.
The classic Leaf is capable of up to a 168 miles of range on a single charge with the premium model said to manage up to 239 miles.
Nissan claims drivers who make the switch will also benefit from no congestion charge fees or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates.
Nissan also states the cars are eligible for zero percent Benefit in Kind rates meaning company car owners will pay even less.
The Government has confirmed one of the most popular electric cars the MG5 EV will still be eligible for grant payments.
The model starts from just £25,495 but is capable of up to 163 miles on electric power.
However, the car is one of the best low-budget options and even has a five star Euro NCAP crash test for extra road safety.
The Honda-e is one of the more quirkier electric cars on the market offering a unique, compact design.
The model is one of the only cars on the market to be fitted without traditional wing mirrors in place of camera technology beamed to the cockpit.
The car is available for just £27,000 but has a small range compared to some equivalent models with just 130 miles guaranteed.
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