28 Feb '14, 4pm

Why our £5,000 Government grant for plug-in cars needs rethinking

Why our £5,000 Government grant for plug-in cars needs rethinking

Yesterday a report on electric car ownership in California was published by the state’s Center for Sustainable Energy. Covering a sample base of nearly four thousand plug-in owners, it reported some interesting facts about the type of people who own electric cars, their reasons for buying them, and their daily use patterns. I’m not going to repeat the entire findings of the report (you can read it for yourself here ) but there are some really interesting things that jumped out at me immediately. Along with the correlation between the car people chose to buy and the reasons they gave for making the switch to electric (LEAF owners mostly cited environmental concerns, Chevy Volt owners cited money-saving wishes and Prius plug-in hybrid owners cited carpool lane privileges at the top of their respective lists) one thing hit me like Thor’s hammer: EVs are still way too expensiv...

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