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Vauxhall has announced cuts to the prices of its electric cars in order for them to still qualify for a government grant.

Last week, it was announced that the government was reducing incentives on EVs – cutting the grant available on new electric cars from £3,000 to £2,500, while also targeting the grant at more affordable zero-emission models. The discount is now only available on cars costing less than £35,000, rather than £50,000 like it did previously.

This meant some electric models were suddenly cut off from support – including Vauxhalls. However, the firm has now announced reductions in price on some EVs to ensure they still qualify for support.

The biggest change here is on the brand’s new electric Mokka-e, which has barely even reached showrooms. As part of the changes in the grant, it would have meant only the entry-level version was eligible for support, but cuts of up to £3,000 mean the full range is now included – from entry SE Premium versions through to the Launch Edition, which are priced between £30,540 and £32,495 after the grant has been deducted.

Vauxhall’s van-based Vivaro-e Life has also been reduced in price by more than £2,000, and now slots in just underneath the £35,000 threshold, or £32,495 with the grant.

As before, the Vauxhall Corsa-e EV is eligible for full support, due to its lower pricing.

Paul Wilcox, managing director of Vauxhall, said: “At Vauxhall, we believe in making sure our vehicles are as accessible as possible to the greatest number of people, and especially so when it comes to zero emissions-in-use motoring, so I am pleased to confirm that all Corsa-e, all Mokka-e and the new Vivaro-e Life Combi are eligible for the Government Plug-in Car Grant.”

Vauxhall follows Citroen, which announced last week that pricing of its new electric e-C4 hatchback would also be adjusted to ensure full support remained available.

Ted Welford

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March 24, 2021