Prior to the reduction of the grant buyers could get £3000 of a Niro 3 64 kWh which cost £36850, cost to the buyer £33850.So the Gov got it right & saved tax payers some cash. So as many said. Manufactures are keeping prices high on the basis of the grant.
Its not a new product is it. It uses the battery and motor from a 3 and the trim from a 2. Needs no development, just press a few different spec buttons before the shell travels down the line. Its no different to what other manufacturers do when they have an options list that allows customers to decide the spec.Funny how manufactures have found a way to bring a product to the market in such a short time frame... Thats has to be some sort of record.
So what happens to the price of current E-Niro 3 until the E-Niro 2 long range arrives. Will Kia do something like they've done for the Niro phev's a £2,500 finance deposit. contribution. (Kia's own PiCG)
Surely they loss sales between now and July where people are not prepared to loss out on £3000 or £2500 saving. Also some people will think they've been cheated out of a high spec car.I would expect the "3" to stay as it is for now. As they have introduced the "2" they have no incentive to drop/subsidize the price on the higher spec models.
Sage advice. I hear it - partner does not The price was already stretching our different attitudes!Don't shoot yourself in the foot over the lack of grant and end up with something that you regret buying.
I think your right to a point and I think government should continue to reduced the grant over time but they should publish a plan for the next 2-5 years so people know where they stand. They did something similar with solar panels, this allowed people to to make their own decision on when they would jump in or not (ie as of the 1st April it will reduce to .....)My personal opinion (FWIW) is that if you can afford to spend £35k on a car then you shouldn't be getting subsidies.
So what are the '2', '3' and '4+' e-Niros which come in different colours? (I understand the marketing and initial production advantages of "First Editions")There's no real margin for producing anything other than standard spec levels. It makes no sense & it won't happen - everything else is marketing.
Wow I hadn't spotted that. So if they can do this for the Kona why not the Niro & Soul ?My disappointment is more with Kia's lack of response (compared to other manufacturers).
If Kia did what others have done my chosen car would have dropped in price from £34,500 to £32,500 instead of being well over £37k
The Kia/Hyundai family's Kona 64kWh in Premium trim for example now £32,495 EVs now under £35k
I don't really know. I wasn't following Kona specs closely because I thought the interior finish looked cheap and plasticy compared to Kia's materials.So was the Kona 64kwh Premium the same as a Niro 3 ?
I've read somewhere that Kia have done some deal to generously discount e-Niros for minicab drivers (maybe it was one company), perhaps they are breaking the Prius popularity. Also, for people who are self-employed with their own companies, it is easy to claim a whole lot of cost back, so the price difference isn't as important as for those of us who are employed PAYE and have to pay full price without tax dodges. That's why I can understand Kia resting on their laurels with fast-selling e-Niros, but really wonder what's happening to Soul sales figures.I'm guessing it's to do with the Niro selling so well that they are reluctant to drop the price.
Perhaps when the figures drop over the next quarter they will the realise and drop the price.
Scroll to the table of discounts Nissan made to their 62kWh Leafs!Wow I hadn't spotted that.
Yup. £2,500 in proportion to the full cost has become less important. For the £2,500 there's some overhead in administering the scheme and claiming the value back. Even if that process has been streamlined there's still the fact of the government and civil service bandwidth expended on maintaining policy and just thinking about the changing strategy, then there's PR around communicating terms, conditions and updates, the legal sides and disputes. Plenty of money for the "overheads"!...to my mind it is manufactures who now need to pick up the batten to increase EV take up. Not the government, as there are far more important area's that need funding.