Could car leasing boost electric vehicle sales?

JonathanOctober 22, 2010

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders have revealed that, in 2009, the sales volume of electric and other alternative fuel vehicles fell by 5.5 per cent.

However, with a programme of government subsidies and more electric vehicles being made available on the market, the organisation is optimistic about the future prospects of environmentally friendly cars.

Car leasing could also help the cause for electric vehicles by offering motorists a cheaper way of getting behind the wheel of some of these vehicles.

Peugeot and Citroen will be offering their respective iOn and C-Zero models to drivers on car leasing deals later this year.

Meanwhile, government grants to reduce the cost of electric and hybrid vehicles are set to be offered from January 2011.

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport told the Guardian newspaper that the government aims to “see as many as possible of this next generation of cars on our roads”.


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