Electric Car Subsidies Don’t Generate Much Business
By Paul Homewood
In January 2011, the UK government introduced a £5000 subsidy for Plug In Electric Cars. This naturally had eco loonies wetting their knickers, with the Guardian announcing “Electric cars are set to experience a breakthrough in 2011 due to a £5,000 car grant introduced by the government today, experts predict.”.
So what impact has the subsidy had? According to information given to me under a FOI request, not a lot!
During the last financial year ending April 2012, a total of 881 cars qualified for the grant, at a cost of £4.4 million. None of these were manufactured in the UK, although the Nissan Leaf, which sold 543 last year, is planned for UK production in 2013. This, of course, raises the question – why is taxpayer money being wasted on subsidising foreign made cars?
To put the numbers into perspective, UK new car sales totalled 1,941,253 last year, so one in every 2203 was electric.
Still the response in the UK has been “electric” in comparison to Spain. Despite the bankrupt Spanish government offering Eu6000 grants, our Iberian cousins only bought 122.
Which, I guess, only goes to show that there are a hell of a lot more Rich Liberals in the UK than Spain.
The UK Committee on Climate Change insists that we need 1.7 million Electric Cars on the road by 2020. And we pay these idiots?