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Ministers name first nine electric vehicles to qualify for purchase grants

14 December 2010

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond and Business Minister Mark Prisk have unveiled nine electric and ultra-low emission car models that will be eligible for grants of up to £5,000. At the same time, they have revealed five more regions that will be installing local charging points having successfully bid for a share of a £20 million fund.

The first nine cars to become eligible for eco-friendly car grants are: Mitsubishi iMiEV; smart fortwo electric drive; Peugeot iON; Citroen CZero; Nissan Leaf (pictured); Tata Vista EV; Toyota Prius Plug-in; Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt. More will follow next year. The grant will be available to motorists across the UK from 1 January 2011, reducing the cost of eligible cars by a quarter, up to a maximum of £5,000.

The Government is also encouraging a new network of electric vehicle recharging points in streets, car parks and commercial retail and leisure facilities as driving electric cars becomes a part of everyday life for pioneering British drivers. The successful bidding consortia in this second phase are based in: the Midlands; Greater Manchester; East of England; Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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