Motorists still say no the electric cars

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Local businesses are being invited to Plug-in to electric vehicle project.

Eighty local businesses are being urged go green by switching to electric vehicles through the Government-backed Inmotion! scheme.

They could benefit from a grant of up to £10,500 for the flexible lease of a Plug-in van or £7,500 for a Plug-in car for up to 48 months, plus an additional grant of £500 towards the cost of installing a workplace charging point.

Companies making the switch will also see up to 50% lower running costs, no road tax, and a reduction in maintenance costs, as well doing their bit to reduce exhaust emissions and help to create healthier and cleaner roads.

South Yorkshire’s Electric Vehicle project is coordinated by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Council, npower and Venson Automotive Solutions, on behalf of the Department for Transport’s £24.6 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund partnership, Inmotion!

The Electric Vehicle scheme is also carrying out a rollout of public access charge points across the county for all electric car drivers to top up their battery charge on the road.

Plug-in vehicles available are the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Renault Twizy and Renault Kangoo van, which can travel up to 80 miles on a single charge, subject to driving style, load and weather conditions.

* The scheme may have its work cut out, though. Some 69 per cent of drivers would not consider buying an electric car, says road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists after analysis of the latest government research.

The most important factors deterring motorists were recharging (40 per cent), the distanced travelled on a battery (39 per cent) and cost (33 per cent).

Currently, less than one per cent of drivers already own an electric car or van.

Motorists would buy if the vehicles cost less to buy and run, could travel further without the need for recharging and the UK had widely available recharging points, the IAM found.