Is the switchover timetable to electric realistic?

How quickly can the UK make the transition to electric cars? At the moment there is a formal target for the sale of conventional petrols and diesels to end in 2030, with the cleanest hybrids being allowed to continue until 2035. On the face of it, with sales of electric cars taking an ever larger […]

Scrapping of plug-in grant makes sense

It was long signalled, but now it’s finally happened; the government has ended the plug-in car grant via which it subsidised the purchase of new electric vehicles. Of course, by the end of its life, the plug-in grant was not what it had been. Initially set at a generous £5,000 when it was introduced in […]

Striking out along a different path

How many drivers will really miss the experience of driving a car with a manual gearbox when the world goes electric? Toyota clearly thinks that the number is significant if a recent series of patent filings is anything to go by. This registration, it appears, shows that the company is working on technologies that would […]

How does the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant work?


First introduced in 2011, the plug-in car grant (PiCG) was established by the Government to encourage the buyers of new cars to choose low emissions models. It worked by automatically reducing the purchase price of new plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles with a subsidy to make them more affordable. In this article we’ll look into […]

Our resident EV owner and expert, David Wilkins, examines the world of electrification

Next year, the previously unthinkable will happen, at least according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Sales of electric cars are expected to exceed those of diesels in 2022, and by a comfortable margin – 260,000 EVs, to be precise, compared with 221,000 diesels. Of course, forecasting is always a hazardous game, and […]

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