The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has published a new version of its popular Electric Car Guide to help motorists make more informed decisions when purchasing an electric vehicle. Presented in an easy to understand Q&A-style format, the free publication addresses some of the common queries relating to electric vehicles including information about batteries, charging, vehicle performance, on-the-road costs, government incentives and safety.
“Over the past decade, the pace of technological developments in the automotive industry has picked up considerably as vehicle manufacturers focus on increasing the fuel efficiency of their vehicles and cutting CO2 emissions,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT’s Chief Executive. “Our responsibility is therefore greater than ever to guide motorists through the increasing range of choices they now face. It is important they understand the benefits they can experience, equipping them with the best information to make the right purchasing decision for their driving needs.”
The ‘Plug-In Car Grant’, designed to stimulate demand for low carbon vehicles, has been available since January this year. Motorists are entitled to a grant for up to 25% of the cost (capped at £5,000), when buying an electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell car, providing it meets safety, reliability, performance and warranty standards set by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) in consultation with industry.
Another collaboration between government and industry, the Automotive Council works to ensure the UK motor industry plays a significant role in the development of exciting, low carbon transport solutions. The Automotive Council promotes collaboration between industry, research communities and government to make the UK the location of choice for the development, demonstration and marketing of low carbon vehicles and fuels.
Click through to download the SMMT Electric Car Guide 2011.