A plug-in grant for electric motorcycles is soon to be available, with the price of each vehicle being reduced by £1,500 or 20% of the total purchase cost, whichever is the smaller number.
The grant will be made available for new road registered electric motorcycles and scooters reaching certain quality criteria, which include having a battery with five years warranty and a good range.
The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has been involved in negotiations with OLEV, the government department which encourages low emission vehicles, for the past three years. An initial announcement about extending the grant to motorcycles and scooters was made by the coalition government in March 2015, however the detail was not confirmed until now.
Details of how manufacturers and importers can have their bikes assessed for eligibility will shortly be on the OLEV website.
Customers wanting to buy an electric motorcycle will be able to find out which ones are eligible once manufacturers have applied for the grant and been accepted.
This announcement comes as part of a £35 million boost for ultra low emission vehicles announced this week to encourage the uptake of zero emission motorcycles and scooters.
Electric motorcycles and scooters can be charged at home or work using normal plug sockets.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA, says this should help make electric vehicles and travel more affordable for many people: “This opens the door to zero emission transport to people who have not been able to afford electric cars, which tended to have been a ‘lifestyle choice’. Motorcycles and scooters are an extremely accessible form of electric transport and have the capacity to significantly reduce congestion, since they share all the advantages of riding a regular powered two wheeler. Riders can filter through traffic, often use bus lanes and usually get closer to their end destination, cutting door-to-door journey times.
“Motorcycles are exempt from congestion charges with ‘fuel’ costing the equivalent of a penny a mile and nothing to pay for vehicle tax, plus cheaper or free parking. Switching to an electric motorcycle or scooter could result in huge savings for the average commuter, or for businesses which operate fleet vehicles.”