First electric bike grant dished out
The government’s electric plug-in grant has been used to buy a motorcycle for the first time in the UK.
The scheme, an offshoot of the Plug-In vehicle grant that has been in use since 2011 for four wheelers, was expanded to motorcycles in 2015 so it’s been a long time coming.
Worth either £1,500 or 20 per cent of the total cost of the electric motorbike, depending on which is cheaper, the scheme was introduced to encourage bikers to go electric and help the motor industry reduce CO2 emissions in the UK.
And it’s 48-year-old Fred Murphy from Redhill, Surrey, who’s managed to grab himself a bit of history after purchasing a Zero FXS from a dealership in Swanley, Kent.
Murphy said: “As an ‘electronics geek’ and an early adopter, I have always been interested in electric bikes and tried my first zero back in 2012, so when the ‘plug in’ grant finally came in, this was enough to justify my jump to electric.”
According to Rob Francis, Dealer Principle at 21st Moto in Swanley, the grant is simple to make use of for UK bikers.
Francis said: “The dealership does all the work, so there are no forms to fill out, or paperwork to complete. The dealer makes the application direct to OLEV and the price is reduced by £1500 or 20% of the total purchase cost, whichever is the smaller number.”
The OLEV funding runs until 2020, giving bikers just under three years to make use of the grant.
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