By Troy Siahaan
Today, U.K. resident Fred Murphy became the first Briton to benefit from his government’s new “Plug-In” subsidy for electric motorcycles. The grant was first introduced in January 2011, but only electric automobiles were eligible at the time. In 2015 the grant was extended to qualifying motorcycles, with details finalized in October 2016. The full requirements can be found here. In the U.S., electric motorcycles may be eligible for incentives and rebates depending on the state.
An early adopter to new technology, including electric motorcycles, Mr. Murphy traded in his I.C.E. motorcycle for a new Zero FXS, which he says he will use to commute to work. Further details can be found below in the press release from the U.K.’s Motorcycle Industry Association.
Begin Press Release:
First UK customer to benefit from ‘plug in’ grant for e-motorcycles
The first electric motorcycle to be bought with the new ‘plug in’ subsidy will be on the road from today (March 1st).
The dealer, 21st Moto in Swanley, Kent, confirmed that 48-year-old Fred Murphy from Redhill in Surrey is the first customer in the UK to benefit from the subsidy, introduced by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to increase the uptake of electric vehicles.
Collecting the U.K.’s first electric bike to be sold with an OLEV plug-in grant for e-motorcycles Fred Murphy from Redhill, Surrey collects his bike from the staff at 21st Moto.
Mr Murphy bought a Zero FXS, which has an average range of 60 miles, a top speed of 85mph and costs the equivalent of a penny a mile to power. It can be charged using a household three pin plug, with faster charge options, which can reduce full charging time to 2 hours.
Up to now the ‘plug in’ subsidy has only been available for electric cars and vans, but …read more