Deputy PM Proposes Sudsidy For EV Purchases in UK

Prescott announces plan to let motors claim subsidy for converting cars to natural gas or buy new electric vehicles.

Published: 22-Nov-2000

Tens of thousands of motorists will be able to claim a government subsidy to convert their cars to cheap gas power or buy new electric ones under a scheme announced yesterday by John Prescott, the deputy prime minister.

Electric cars and dual electric/petrol cars will get a subsidy of up to pounds 4,500. They perform like normal cars but can go only 50 miles before they need recharging.

Mr Prescott said: 'This confirms the commitment in our 10-year transport plan to accelerate the take-up of cleaner fuels and more fuel efficient vehicles. We want to improve air quality and reduce the impact of vehicles on climate change.

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