Subsidies

Electric Car Subsidies Draw Criticism in U.K.

Taxpayers are asked to indulge the already well-off

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The £11m of public money used to promote electric vehicles is mostly just helping rich Brits buy a second car, a group of MPs said.

The Transport Select Committee has published a report questioning the value of spending millions trying to get electric cars on the road, claiming the money is only benefitting a "handful of motorists".

"We were warned of the risk that the Government is subsidising second cars for affluent households; currently plug-in cars are mostly being purchased as second cars for town driving," committee chair and Labour MP Louise Ellman said.