UK Launches £1,500 Plug-In Grant For Electric Motorcycles

7 months ago by Mark Kane 7

2015 Zero DS

Zero DS

In October, the UK introduced new incentives for electric motorcycles and scooters, similar to its plug-in vehicle program for cars.

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

Up to £1,500 (more than $1,800 USD) is available per purchase, but no more than 20% of the total purchase cost will be available for bikes that meet requirements of qualification (which can be found here).

We note a few of the most important tidbits from the program:

  • Eligible mopeds must be able to travel a minimum of 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) between charges, while motorcycles 50 kilometres (31 miles)
  • Top speed of at least 40 km/h (25mph)
  • The vehicle must not use lead acid or silicone lead acid traction batteries
    • 2-year unlimited mileage vehicle warranty (guarantee)
    • 3-year or 30,000 km battery or fuel cell and electric drive train warranty, with the option of extending the battery warranty for an extra 2 years or 20,000 km
  • Vehicles must have either a minimum 5-year warranty on the battery and electric drive train as standard or extra evidence of battery performance to show reasonable performance after 3 years of use.

With £3.75 million of funding, UK will subsidy no less than 2,500 bikes.

Energica Ego 45

Energica Ego 45

Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) thinks 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.”

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7 responses to "UK Launches £1,500 Plug-In Grant For Electric Motorcycles"

  1. CLIVE says:

    I’d love to have a Zero SR.

    I’d also like to live a long life.

    1. Ken says:

      I don’t think they are mutually exclusive. I’ve been riding gas bikes legally for 22 years now and offroad bikes much longer. 4 years on a Zero so far. Riding a motorcycle makes you a better car driver as well.

    2. mhpr262 says:

      Avoid city and rush hour traffic, always wear full safety gear with a good helmet and reserve speeding to the track. There, you have avoided the causes of 90% of all fatal or near-fatal motorcycle crashes.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        So basically your saying “only ride slowly on empty roads” – I think that is a bit excessive.

        You should be able to ride a motorcycle safely on a uk roads if you are sensible. Deep fried food, smoking and drinking cause far more deaths than motor vehicles by a long long way so my advice is get a bike, love riding it and ditch saturated fat.

        1. Will Davis says:

          I’m not sure he said that exactly. It’s sound advice. If you have to ride in rush hour, so be it, but it’s best to avoid it where possible.

        2. George says:

          Bravo!!! This is just the only and correct answer ?

  2. Will Davis says:

    I bought a Zero FXS. Arrives Tuesday. And no, I did not take the grant. This was before the grant came out – you’ll have to wait until the 2017 bikes come to the UK if you want to buy a zero with the grant, as Zero have to apply and go through a whole process before the bikes are eligible.