UK Launches Electric Car Grant Program

£5,000 car grant takes effect on January 1, 2011 and applies to ten different vehicles from the smartED to the Chevy Volt.

Published: 03-Jan-2011

Electric cars are set to experience a breakthrough in 2011 due to a £5,000 car grant introduced by the government today, experts predict.

Motorists will have a choice of just one subsidised car to buy outright as the project is launched – the Mitsubishi i-MiEV – but should have a choice of nine or 10 fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars by 2012.

Among the first available to buy will be the Nissan Leaf in March, which is billed as the first mass-market electric car. It is currently being made in Japan and will be made in Sunderland from 2013 onwards.


Geely IG concept car could appear as electric model.

Incentive for pure-electric car is equivalent to US$8,789 at current exchange rates.


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