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Advanced-powertrain vehicle advocates in California and Maryland can rejoice over a chilled glass of Napa Valley's finest white wine and a heaping plate of Baltimore's best crab cakes. That's because both states will continue to make life a little financially sweeter for plug-in vehicle drivers. It's a short-term fix for California but potentially longer-term for Maryland.

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On January 4th 2011, the UK's £5,000 ($8,318 U.S. at the current exchange rate) plug-in vehicle grant scheme went live, meaning that motorists across the UK could purchase an eligible plug-in and apply to get a significant chunk of money back from the government.

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Back on December 14th, the UK government announced that several vehicles would qualify for a "plug-in car grant" that was scheduled to go live sometime in 2011. The grant – worth £5,000 ($7,798 U.S. at the current exchange rate) – is aimed at boosting sales of plug-in vehicles in the UK and get the country to be Europe's leading adopter of low-carbon cars.

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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

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Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has announced that the state will offer a $2,500 tax rebate to buyers who snatch up the first wave of electric vehicles (EVs) headed to the Volunteer State. The rebate only extends to the first 1,000 EVs sold there and is expected to help boost Nissan Motor Co. with its launch of the battery-powered Leaf this fall. Bredesen's surprise announcement came during the Fuel Solutions Forum hosted by the Tennessee Valley Authority. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander was on ha

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California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) received another boost in funds just days ago when the California Air Resource Board (CARB) backed the program with an additional $5 million earmarked for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Combined with the $4.1 million announced earlier this year, the CVRP now has $9.1 million at its disposal, though some of the funds have already been claimed by buyers snatching up qualifying vehicles.

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With numerous countries aggressively seeking ways to promote electric vehicles (EVs), incentives have popped up almost everywhere. From the $7,500 offered in the U.S. to $8,500 in Ontario, Canada, these incentives will help reduce the cost of EVs and hopefully speed up their initial adoption. While incentives are great, they will eventually disappear, leaving EVs to either succeed or fail on their own merits. When incentives drift away in a few years, will the EV market be able to survive on its

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Ontario has decided to reward early adopters of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) by launching one of the most lucrative rebate programs found anywhere. Beginning July 1st, Ontario will offer rebates ranging from $5,000 to $8,500 to individuals, businesses and organizations that purchase or lease a new plug-in vehicle. The rebates will only be offered to the first 10,000 qualified applicants, but due to the lack of availability of qualified vehicles, hitting the quota might take a whil

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Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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It looks like Germany won't be jumping into the race to see who can provide the biggest subsidies for purchases of plug-in vehicles. At the launch of the National Program for Electric Mobility in Berlin on Monday, German officials said that federal funding would instead go toward research programs to advance the technology. The program has already given €500 million to more than 150 projects.

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The French minister for Environmental Alffairs, Jean-Louis Borloo, has found some stone tablets issued a set of 14 "commandments" for the successful introduction of electric vehicles in France. Borloo didn't hide the fact that he aims to make the French auto industry the leader in EV technologies, and this is how the French Goverment is going to help:

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