Earlier this week, the UK government announced that nine vehicles – including the Vauxhall Ampera, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Smart Fortwo ED, Peugeot iOn, Citroen C Zero, Nissan Leaf, Tata Vista EV, Toyota Prius Plug-in, and the Chevrolet Volt – will qualify for a "plug-in car grant" worth £5,000 ($7,879 U.S. at the current exchange rate) starting next year. This grant drops the cost of the listed vehicles down to a level where they could become more competitive with conventional cars.

The UK's business minister, Mark Prisk, firmly believes that the government subsidies will spearhead the UK's efforts to lead all of Europe in adopting plug-in vehicles. Speaking at the Guildhall in the City of London, Prisk stated that the UK's "plug-in car grant" will help make it "the leading country in the European Union for the development of low-carbon vehicles" by dramatically encouraging consumer demand.

The minister continued by declaring that money set aside for the installation of charging stations throughout the country will boost demand for plug-ins and cement the UK's position as Europe's leading adopters of low-carbon cars. That's all fine and well, but we don't imagine that other European countries will sit back and watch the UK take the lead without presenting schemes of their own designed to place them at the front of the pack.

[Source: Autocar]


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