New member, picking up my first twizy next week which i will show when i get it.
Part of my journey to get a twizy was to contact the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles to try and find out why the twizy isn't included in the Plug In Car Grant (PICG). Pretty much anything that can move under its own power on the road with an electric motor is entitled to some help from the government to buy.
35% grant up to £4500 for cars
20% grant up to £1500 for motorbikes and mopeds.
Imagine if the twizy was entitled to that!
That would be an extremely affordable electric car. (not sure what it would do to the second hand market).
I got a response back as to why the twizy isn't included below.
As you are probably already aware, this Government is committed to the ongoing decarbonisation of our road transport, this is the long term solution to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and improving our air quality, especially in urban areas. As well as these important environmental considerations, the transition to electric motoring represents exciting economic opportunities for the UK’s thriving automotive sector. We are focusing the bulk of our funding on passenger cars and taxis as they are the largest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging motorists to make the switch to zero emission is the quickest way to make an impact on road transport emissions. Whilst we keep extending the grants to quadricycles like the Twizy under review there are currently no plans to implement this policy.
I hope this clarifies the current situation.
I don't find this very satisfactory at all. Considering this is public money, going towards people purchasing £100k Teslas (not jealous :D). I think this little car should be championed as a great way to make the leap to an EV.
Just sharing my experience and I'd like to know if anyone else has had any correspondence with the OLEV.