Category: Politics

ULEV Grant Reduced

The government incentive towards the purchaser of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) is to change from 1st March, 2016. Currently the ULEV Grant is up to £5000 but, from this date, three categories will be established. Category One will provide a grant of £4500, with both categories Two and Three being provided with a grant of £2500. any car with a…

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Plug-In Hybrids Cause Resentment

I’ve often suspected that some motorists are resentful towards the hybrid. Sometimes they will close up gaps when I am indicating to pull out. Another trick which I previously put down to mere stupidity and ignorance may be more serious, where passing cars slow down when I am waiting for them to pass so that I cannot then pass a…

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US Action Will Push VW Towards Plug-In Sales

Volkswagen is in big trouble after apparently being caught cheating their emissions tests. Half a million VW Group cars are involved, including previous generation Golfs and Passats, and the current generation Audi A3. The cars under scrutiny are accused of having a sensor and controlling software to detect whether the car is under conditions that are calculated to be smog…

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Budget Undermines Electric Growth

With a five-fold increase in in the sales of plug in hybrids in just the first half of 2015, George Osborne’s 2015 budget had to recover lost income. He has done so, with interest. The key changes, effecting all cars purchased from April 2017, are: All cars with a retail price of at least £40,000 to be taxed at £320…

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Are PHEV Owners Not Charging Their Cars?

The Office for Low-Emission Vehicles is concerned that a large number of PHEV buyers are taking their grants and subsequent Benefit In Kind savings and simply not plugging their cars in, driving all their miles using the internal combustion engine. What a ridiculous idea. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are plenty of people that don’t ever plug their…

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