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UK Announces 25 Million Pound Electric Car Trial

Eight consortia made up predominantly of car manufacturers, energy providers and universities won government funding.

Published: 26-Jun-2009

LONDON - The government announced a 25 million pound project on Tuesday to run trials of electric vehicles that will help the country reduce carbon emissions from car transport.

The government funding, won by eight consortia which are predominantly made up of car manufacturers, energy providers and universities, was announced by Science Minister Paul Drayson and Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis.

Adonis, who drove an electric Smart car at the Guildhall in London, said the aim of the project was to make ultra-low carbon vehicles an everyday feature of life on Britain's roads in less than five years.


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Current capacity of 6,000 cars will increase to 30,000 annually, entailing an investment of $20 million. More than 1,000 REVAs operate in London. This one is using one of a number of public charging stations in the city.


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