The £3,500 Government grant for electric cars “will go eventually”, the Secretary of State for Transport has said.
Grant Shapps admitted in an interview that the Department for Transport (DfT) wants to end the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), which gives electric car buyers in the UK a 30 per cent discount (up to a maximum of £3,500) when purchasing a new EV.
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“I make no bones about it,” Shapps told the Times. “We want to remove all the subsidy. So you can see this in two ways. If you are out there reading this, thinking of buying an electric car, buy it while the subsidy’s there, because it will go eventually,” adding that he couldn’t promise “lots of extra public bungs of taxpayers’ cash so you can buy your new car.”
Shapps himself benefitted from the grant last