In a move that has left motoring groups stunned, UK government announced that it will no longer be offering incentives to buy new plug-in hybrids while discounts on all-electric cars have been slashed from £4,500 to £3,500.
The RAC and AA motoring groups said the change was a backward step, and the SMMT trade body called it “astounding”.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said that the Plug-in Car Grant was introduced seven years ago to help the market become established.
It was now time to focus support on zero-emission models such as pure electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars, the DfT added.
The change comes three months after the government published its Road to Zero strategy, with a proposal to remove petrol and diesel cars from UK roads by 2050, forcing all motorists to own electric models.
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