Thursday 7 March 2013

Volvo’s plug-in hybrid qualifies for Government grant

Volvo’s plug-in hybrid qualifies for Government grant

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has announced its new plug-in diesel car (pictured) has won approval for the Government’s grant worth £5,000 for buyers.

The Plug-in Car Grant is meant to tempt buyers to choose new ultra-low carbon vehicles and increase the uptake in the country. In order to qualify for the Government grant, the Volvo model had to fulfil a number of criteria, including standards on battery warranty, crash safety, battery safety and carbon emissions.

The rechargeable hybrid offers three driving modes - able to drive in fully electric mode, hybrid mode or four wheel drive mode - known as Pure, Hybrid and Power.

Iain Howat, Head of product and pricing at Volvo Car UK said "The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has been a worldwide success with the initial run of 1,000 cars sold out before the car reached the showrooms. Now that we have received the UK Government's plug-in grant I'm sure the world's first plug-in diesel hybrid will become even more attractive to UK customers wishing to purchase leading vehicle technology."

According to official figures, 3,021 claims were made through the Plug-in Car Grant scheme up to December 2012.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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