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By Claire Lawson

Electric motorcycles now receive Government subsidy

The Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has announced that electric motorcycles and scooters will now qualify for Government subsidy.

The Government has placed £7.5 million into electric motorcycle grants. Under this initiative electric bikes will come with up to £1,500 off the purchase price.

This will mean that the vehicles that qualify will be 20 per cent cheaper, making them the most economical two wheelers on the market. Subsequently those of a lower income will be able to afford the bikes and benefit from the advantages of owning electric motorbikes and scooters.

The electric powered bikes will not only cut down on CO2 emissions, they will also help to reduce congestion for all road users. Moreover, riders of these vehicles will be able to use bus lanes and sift through traffic allowing for shorter journey times.

On top of this, electric powered two wheelers will be exempt from the Congestion Charge and Work Place Parking Levy, becoming handy for all motorists from 2020, when the Ultra Low Emissions Zone will be launched.

The news comes after the rounds of talk between the Government and big brand names such as Harley-Davidson, Volt and BMW, all of whom have launched their own electric machines.

Harley-Davidson, for instance, revealed the Livewire electric model, BMW sells the C Evolution scooter and Irish manufacturer Volt has a a range of electric vehicles, including the sports bike called the 220, named after its top speed in miles per hour.

Phil Horton, General Manager for BMW Motorrad UK, said: "This is hugely important step forward in the government's policy for electric vehicles. BMW Group is at the forefront of electric vehicle development. The C evolution is the first two wheeled electric vehicle to bear the Motorrad brand. With the grant from the Government factored in, the C evolution becomes an even more appealing option for urban commuters and riders."CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), Steve Kenward, is confident the subsidy will have a positive impact on both the industry and the UK's clogged roads. He stated: "This is significant development as it recognises the part motorcycles and scooters can play in a low carbon future. The Subsidy will encourage more people to opt for electric motorcycles and scooters, which will help solve the UK's appalling congestion problem.

The Government and the industry will continue to work together to finalise the details of the scheme, including grant level and eligibility criteria. The plans could be put in place as soon as this summer.

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