Government’s £5k carrot for electric car buyers

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The Electric Car Corporation's four-seater Citroen C1 evia

Motorists will be encouraged to buy electric vehicles with a £5000 carrot, the Government announced on Thursday.

It has set aside an incentive pot of £230 million – the Plug-In Car Grant ­– which will entitle motorists to a 25% discount up to the value of £5000 from the list price of electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell car.

The incentives will be available to consumers at the point of sale from January 2011.

The Government also announced plans to roll out a £30 million fund for a network of electric vehicle charging hubs called Plugged-In Places.

The first Plugged-In Places will be London, Milton Keynes and the North East where 11,000 vehicle recharging points in car parks, at major supermarkets and retail centres will be installed during the next three years.

Welcoming the scheme, Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: “Manufacturers develop and produce new technology where demand exists. This incentive will encourage international investment in the UK as well as helping motorists cut CO2 emissions.”

Published by emmabutcher

Emma has been CAT's editor since January 2008. There isn't much she doesn't know about the aftermarket - and her favourite topic is definitely BER!

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