Electric car grants are set to be slashed under Treasury plans, with Rishi Sunak embroiled in a Cabinet row over the Government’s green agenda just weeks before the Cop26 climate summit. The Chancellor is currently locked in a battle with the departments for business and transport over proposed cuts to the “plug-in” grants aimed at encouraging motorists to switch from polluting cars. With the UK set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, the Government has sought to bolster the green transition by offering grants of up to £2,500 on low-emission vehicles. But The Telegraph has learned that the Treasury is now pushing to cut the generosity of the discount scheme as it seeks to shift focus on to electric charging infrastructure and other vehicles, such as taxis and vans.
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Two hundred electric cars funded by the taxpayer have been found unused in Glasgow car parks weeks before the Cop26 climate conference in the city. The vehicles have been lying unused for almost two years. The city council splashed out on the e-vehicles before the pandemic but has said a ban on driving lessons during lockdown meant training was delayed. The local authority said it plans to create “a fleet of zero emissions vehicles and it could not be guaranteed such favourable terms would remain on offer”.
Times 13th Oct 2021 read more »