Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

Their name might sound like a Rus­sian oli­garch but OLEV (the Of­fice for Low Emis­sion Ve­hi­cles) have been run­ning a grant for cars since Jan­uary 2011 and it’s re­sulted in a boost in sales – in fact the elec­tric car boom has pushed sales up to a 12-year high. The Gov­ern­ment have now opened it up to mo­tor­cy­cles as part of a wider £35 mil­lion pack­age, mean­ing you can have £1500 (or 20% of the sale price, which­ever is the lesser) knocked off the price of a bike. The dis­count is ap­plied at the till, so it’s not a re­bate, and all you have to do to qual­ify is fill out a very short sur­vey. Man­u­fac­tur­ers have to ap­ply to have the bike in­cluded, and there are cer­tain re­quire­ments for the bikes to meet (namely power and range), but a BMW C Evo­lu­tion comes down to £10,730 from £12,230 while a Zero ZF6.5 can now be yours for £8990. Ru­mours are that Vespa’s new Elet­trica will also be el­i­gi­ble, mean­ing with the grant it will be the same cost as the petrol ver­sion.

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