DRIVERS could save thousands when buying a new car this month. With continuing uncertainty surrounding the Brexit deal playing a large role in declining car sales figures, manufacturers are looking to start the year off with a bang. Motoring experts have revealed last year's plummeting sales figures could actually help buyers get a better deal as manufacturers offer significant discounts on new cars. In a bid to start the year off on a high, major car brands are giving large discounts to dealers as an incentive to sell more - and you could see similar savings on some popular models. Dealers are also lowering prices in an attempt to clear stock before the March number plate change. Discounts follow news UK car sales dropped by 6.8 per cent in 2018, largely caused by the combination of Brexit uncertainty, stricter emissions testings and the slating of diesel motors. With it still very unclear what the post-Brexit environment will look like for the car industry, motorists are holding off … [Read more...] about Brexit uncertainty could see you save thousands when buying a new car this month
New incentives for car buyers
Green-minded drivers in Lancashire are not receiving the same incentives to ditch their petrol and diesel cars for electric vehicles (EVs) as other motorists across Europe, with new research revealing a wide gap in grants and incentives on offer to reduce the costs of EVs in the UK. carwow, Britain is stalling at the wheel of the green vehicle revolution when compared to other leading European nations after the government cut the plug-in grant in the latest budget from £4,500 to £3,500.Whereas £8,700 grants towards EVs are available in France, £5,000 grants are available in Sweden, and £4,400 grants are available in Germany, the UK grant has fallen to the extent that a Renault Zoe would cost a UK buyer £11,500 and a French buyer just £2,355 once the grant is deducted.“This backwards step by the UK government sends a completely confusing message to drivers," said Andrew Hooks, chief operating officer of carwow, with the appetite for EVs in … [Read more...] about Lack of government grants make electric cars 60% more expensive for Lancashire buyers
PRICES may surge for electric and hybrid cars as Government grants of up to £4,500 may be axed. Budget cuts are reportedly the cause of the threat, and emergency funding will be needed to continue to subsidy, according to The Observer. The grants are incentives for car buyers to go green as the Government pushes its low-emissions agenda. Qualifying vehicles had the discount automatically applied by retailers for further encouragement and ease for potential customers. Around £124million has been budgeted for the grants in 2018-19 and a further £96million for the next financial year. The number of alternatively-fuelled cars in the UK rose by a whopping 44 per cent in Q2 this year, with 36,000 registered between April and June. Plug-in car grants - all you need to know You do not need to apply for a government grant when buying a new electric or hybrid car - the dealer will include the value in its price. There are three categories cars fall into depending on their CO2 … [Read more...] about Plug-in car prices to soar by thousands of pounds as Government grant may be axed
Business By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 21 May 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44169650 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The government’s ambition to clean up motor vehicles by 2040 is not ambitious enough a leading energy expert says.Professor Jim Watson, head of the prestigious UK Energy Research … [Read more...] about UK’s clean car goal ‘not ambitious enough’
Chris Ramsey, who runs Plug In Adventures, told Holyrood that by the time they got to Siberia, they had to rely more on the help of strangers. “We were driving through our second to last charging point when the Russian state electricity company got in contact and offered us a charging location. We drove down this tiny dirt track in the middle of the Siberian forest, up to this little wooden hut. So we thought, ‘OK, we’ll plug in there and sleep in the car’. But no, there were two guys there, who started taking the padlocks off the electricity pylon, and then wired our charging cable directly into the pylon.” For 250km of the journey through Kazakhstan they were driving on dirt roads, which were in the process of being replaced. Some entrants turned back, but having raised their suspension, and with their electric car containing fewer working parts compared to a petrol one, there was less to go wrong. In the course of the trip, the only mechanical failures … [Read more...] about Is Scotland ready for electric vehicles?