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UK Deputy PM Determined to Make Britain Electric Car Leader

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces joint 'Go Ultra Low' campaign with car manufacturers to promote the benefits of ultra low emission vehicles.

Published: 02-Feb-2014

The Government will invest more than £9 million to boost the number of charging points for electric cars, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce today as he launches a joint campaign with car manufacturers to promote the benefits of ultra low emission vehicles.

Major car manufacturers BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall are all backing the Go Ultra Low campaign in a ground breaking partnership with Government to debunk common myths and misconceptions that put drivers off switching to electric or hybrid cars, such as cost and how far the vehicles can travel before being recharged.
Electric car owners do not have to pay car tax or congestion charges and many chargepoints are free to use. The cars cost from just 2p a mile, which means a family that drives an electric vehicle 10,000 miles in a year would save around £1,000 on fuel costs each year.

There are already more charging points than filling stations in London, but to make driving an electric car possible for everyone, the £9 million funding will be used to create hundreds more charging points across the country, including 140 new rapid chargepoints which can charge an electric car in less than half an hour. This will cement the UK’s position as one of the best for electric vehicle recharging networks in Europe.


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