Electric Vehicles

Treasury written question – answered on 19th October 2018.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of incentives to increase the uptake of electric vehicles.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

The government currently offers a range of incentives to support the shift to ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs). Today there are more than 160,000 ULEVs in the UK and, in 2017, the UK was the second largest market for ULEVs in the EU.

The vehicle tax system incentivises the uptake of cars with low CO2 emissions with favourable rates of Vehicle Excise Duty and company car tax. We are also investing nearly £1.5 billion to support the uptake of ULEVs. This investment includes grants for cars, vans, lorries, buses, taxis and motorcycles, and schemes to support charge point infrastructure at homes and workplaces and on residential streets.

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