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New Electric Car Buyers Qualify for £5,000 Grant

The Government has announced that motorists buying a new electric/low emission vehicle may be eligible for grants of up to £5,000.

The Government has announced that motorists buying a new electric/low emission vehicle may be eligible for grants of up to £5,000. The scheme, which starts on 1st January 2011, applies to the Mitsubishi iMiEV, Smart Fortwo electric drive, Peugeot iON, Citroen Czero, Nissan Leaf, Tata Vista EV, Toyota Prius Plug-in, Vauxhall Ampera and the Chevrolet Volt. However, not all these models will be available from January and some will be only offered on leasing terms.

The Government is also ploughing £20 million pounds into a new network of electric vehicle charging points. These will appear in various streets, car parks, leisure, and commercial retail facilities throughout Britain. The aim is to make the prospect of owning an electric vehicle a realistic aspiration for a wide variety of motorists.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said; "A few years ago, ultra-low emission cars with mass market appeal appeared just a pipe dream. Now they are a reality and we can have all the convenience of the car without all the carbon that normally goes with it.”

This scheme is a positive step to broadening the appeal of electric vehicles, but only time will tell how many motorists trade-in their gas-guzzlers. The Government, rather ambitiously, hope that 2011 will be 'the year of the electric car'. I think that is unlikely, as both the vehicles and infrastructure have a long way to go before matching the convenience of internal combustion. Still, good effort - watch this space.

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