Plug in grant for electric motorcycles now official

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The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is pleased to announce that the public will soon be able to enjoy a subsidy for electric motorcycles and scooters, which has so far only been available for four wheel vehicles.

Unlike cars, electric motorcycles and scooters can be charged at home or work using normal plug sockets, which makes them more accessible.

The price of each vehicle will be reduced by £1500 or 20% of the total purchase cost (screen price), 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 5 years warranty and a good range.

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.