UK Government launches plug in subsidy for electric motorcycles and scooters
14 Oct 2016

UK Government launches plug in subsidy for electric motorcycles and scooters

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), the body that represents manufacturers and importers of powered two wheelers and the suppliers of associated goods and services in the UK, announced today that the British 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.

Details of how manufacturers and importers can have their bikes assessed for eligibility will be on the OLEV website from next week. (See website address below). Customers wanting to buy an electric motorcycle will be able to find out which ones are eligible once manufacturers have applied for the grant and been accepted. 

This announcement comes as part of a £35 million boost for ultra low emission vehicles announced this week, to encourage the uptake of zero emission motorcycles and scooters.


Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA says this should help make electric vehicles and travel more affordable for many people:

“This opens the door to zero emission transport to people who have not been able to afford electric cars, which tended to have been a ‘lifestyle choice’. Motorcycles and scooters are an extremely accessible form of electric transport and have the capacity to significantly reduce congestion, since they share all the advantages of riding a regular powered two wheeler. Riders can filter through traffic, often use bus lanes and usually get closer to their end destination, cutting door to door journey times.

“Motorcycles are exempt from congestion charges with ‘fuel’ costing the equivalent of a penny a mile and nothing to pay for vehicle tax, plus cheaper or free parking. Switching to an electric motorcycle or scooter could result in huge savings for the average commuter, or for businesses which operate fleet vehicles.” 

About the Motorcycle Industry Association

The MCIA represents around 90% of the supply side of motorcycling, with over 130 members including manufacturers and importers, insurance and finance providers, accessory and component suppliers plus road safety stakeholders.

3.7 million pounds has been made available for the uptake of zero emission motorcycles and scooters.

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Press contact

For more information on this initiative, please contact: Stevie Muir, MCIA public relations and communications officer

E.  P. +44 (0)79 89 37 85 97



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