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Firms Cautious About ‘Flash In The Pan’ Electric Vehicle Subsidy

BIRMINGHAM, England February 9, 2011 GBP5,000

GBP5,000 GBP43m

A poll by Lex Autolease – the UK’s largest provider of company vehicles – reveals that almost half of financial directors (47%) would not pursue their company’s interest in electric vehicles, or plug-in hybrids, if the subsidy was removed.

Chris Chandler

"Businesses are sending out a clear signal that their interest in electric vehicles could be seriously diminished without the subsidy. Particularly if future changes mean the numbers no longer stack up."

In contrast, business drivers say that one-off, up-front incentives are not a major turn on. Only 2% would be enticed by a discount or subsidy, whereas almost half (43%) said that low or zero company car tax would make them want to choose a plug-in hybrid or fully electric vehicle.

Chris Chandler

"However with long vehicle replacement cycles the industry needs plenty of advanced notice and a longer term commitment from Government to allow them to adopt these new technologies. Given the scale of the investment by manufacturers, the industry can’t afford for this to be a flash in the pan like scrappage."

In response to the growing appetite for more information on EVs and plug-in hybrids, and the infrastructure required to support the technology, Lex Autolease has published a freely available in-depth guide.

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About the Plug-In-Car Grant

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    The Plug-In Car Grant will require compliance with 8 eligibility criteria:     Vehicle Type: New cars only. Excludes motorcycles, quadricycles and vans.     Carbon Dioxide tailpipe emissions: Less than 75g/km.     Range: EVs minimum 70 miles, PHEVs minimum electric range 10 miles.     Minimum top speed: 60mph.

Warranty: 3 year or 60,000 miles vehicle warranty, plus, a 3 year battery and electric drive train warranty with a consumer option for a 2 year battery warranty extension.

Battery performance: Either a minimum 5 year warranty on the battery and electric drive train as standard OR additional evidence of battery performance to illustrate reasonable performance after 3 years of use.

Electrical Safety: Vehicles must comply with UN- ECE Reg100.00 (PHEVs will be required to show they have met the technical requirements of 01 series amendments to UN- ECE Reg 100); vehicle manufacturers will be required to identify risks associated with vehicle use and state mitigating actions.

Vehicle crash safety: European Commission whole vehicle type approval (EC WVTA, not small series) OR evidence that the car demonstrates appropriate levels of safety as judged by international standards.

About Lex Autolease

With over 100 years’ combined experience in the fleet industry, Lex Autolease is the UK’s leading fleet management and funding specialist, and currently own and manage around 1 in every 100 vehicles on UK roads. It has a long track record of winning industry and customer awards for its proposition and service.

Lex Autolease shares joint ownership of Fleet Synergy International with Athlon Car Lease International, an international alliance providing access to fleet management experts in more than 30 countries.

SOURCE Lex Autolease

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