PLUG IN CASH
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.