As more bat­tery-pow­ered bikes join the Gov­ern­ment’s £1500 sub­sidy scheme could this be the REAL start of the elec­tric rev­o­lu­tion?

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The BMW C evo­lu­tion is the lat­est elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle to be el­i­gi­ble for the Gov­ern­ment’s Plu­gin sub­sidy. The scheme, which sees £1500 knocked off the price of new zero-emis­sion mo­tor­cy­cles en­rolled in it, is part of a wider ini­tia­tive to in­crease use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, and early in­di­ca­tions show that it’s work­ing.

BMW are fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of two-wheeled elec­tric spe­cial­ist brand Zero Mo­tor­cy­cles, who were first to reg­is­ter their range within the Plug-in grant’s list of el­i­gi­ble ve­hi­cles and whose deal­ers have al­ready started to see an up­lift in sales as a re­sult.

Multi-fran­chise deal­er­ship, Day­tona Mo­tor­cy­cles took on the Zero Mo­tor­cy­cles elec­tric bike range early last year, and say that af­ter a slow 2016 the sub­sidy has al­ready lead to sales in the early part of 2017.

“Since the sub­sidy an­nounce­ment was made on Fe­bu­rary 1, we’ve sold two Zero bikes,” Day­tona sales­man Jack Ray­ment told MCN. “We took on the range in March of last year, as we see elec­tric bikes as be­ing a big part of mo­tor­cy­cling’s fu­ture, but in­ter­est in them was ini­tially quite slow. It seems the grant has made them more ap­peal­ing to com­muters who are re­ally in­ter­ested in not hav­ing any fuel costs.”

The grant means that Zero’s en­try- level, A2 li­cence-com­pli­ant ma­chine, the 33Kw (44hp) su­per­moto-style FX ZF6.5 has been re­duced from £10,490 to a slightly more rea­son­able £8900. Other bikes in the Zero range in­clude the su­per­moto Zero S, the 69bhp Zero SR naked, and the dual-sport Zero Max Ad­ven­ture. As the sec­ond man­u­fac­turer to join the ini­tia­tive, BMW hope the grant will help in­crease in­ter­est in their own zero-emis­sion maxi elec­tric scooter, the C evo­lu­tion, which cur­rently re­tails for £12,350. BMW deal­ers have told MCN that up­take in the EV scoot has so far been slow, so per­haps the sub­sidised price of £10,850 will start to en­tice the buy­ers in. The Plug-in grant, which has been in place for cars, trucks and vans since 2011, is said to be re­spon­si­ble for the re­cent record growth in the UK’S elec­tric ve­hi­cle seg­ment, whereby low­car­bon ve­hi­cles now rep­re­sent 4% of all new ve­hi­cles sold. And with the ru­mour that Ital­ian elec­tric sports­bike man­u­fac­turer En­er­gica are just weeks away from an­nounc­ing that their Ego and Eva bikes will be el­i­gi­ble for the Plug-in grant too, a sim­i­lar boom in elec­tric bike sales is on the cards.

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