UK getting ready to end EV subsidies
About a third of the 30 million British pounds the government planned to make available for the EV subsidies has been spent, even with public and private entities deploying about 1,600 electric-vehicle charging stations throughout the UK. Doing the math, the approximately 11 million British pounds spent would imply about 2,200 people taking the government up on its subsidy. That's a pretty low number considering that Nissan sold a monthly-record 2,420 Leaf EVs in the US just last month alone.
That's not to say the UK is abandoning support for electric-drive powertrains altogether. The government still says it'll invest 500 million British pounds between 2015 and 2020 to advance electric-drive technology. The UK's EV subsidy program went live in January 2011.
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