The UK Government has announced a pioneering scheme to encourage the transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles. From January 2011, it will pay consumers up to £5,000 each to buy electric cars.
The scheme has been delayed until next spring to allow time for more electric vehicles to hit the market and also to develop a national 'Plugged-In Places' infrastructure to charge vehicles.
Consumers will receive the 'Plug-in Car Grant' directly at the point of purchase, in a similar way to that made as part of the successful car scrappage scheme. The subsidy will be capped at 25% of the car's Recommended Retail Price, up to a value of £5,000, and will be open to both private and business fleet buyers.
Plugged-In Places will see charging infrastructure appearing in car parks, major supermarkets, leisure and retail centres, as well as on the street.
Announcing the scheme, Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said:
"Decarbonising transport isn't an aspiration - it's a reality. By this time next year, cutting edge motorists will be on the roads with next generation cars they've purchased because of our help.
"And thanks to Plugged-In Places we will have an infrastructure to support this growing market.
"Transport has a huge part to play in helping the UK meet its stringent emission reduction targets and today's announcement is another step on the road to putting the UK at the global forefront of ultra-low carbon vehicle development, manufacture and use."
To learn more about the Plug-In Car Grant and Plugged-In Places scheme, visit the Office for Low Emission Vehicles website.