Friday, January 25, 2013

Politician vs. the Dreaded Numbers Villian

The Guardian website has an upbeat quote from Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat Under-Secretary of State for Transport, about the future of the government's Electric Vehicle subsidy plan. ‘I know electric vehicles have a bright future in this country’ he says, citing new models due this year, including the relatively inexpensive Renault Zoe and the Sunderland-built Nissan Leaf.

However the Guardian website's figures for the numbers of new cars registered under the British Government’s ‘Plug-in’ Car Grant plan are not as optimistic. This program gives buyers 25 percent off (up to a maximum of £5000) the price of a rechargeable electric vehicle such as a Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius plug-in or Renault Fluence. The program is now two years old. According to the Department for Transport figures, 1419 cars were registered under the plan in the first nine months of the 2012 up from 786 in 2011. So it looks as if all of 2012 will see around 1900 rechargeable cars bought, out of the two million news cars that left UK showrooms.

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