The UK government has announced a £250 million incentive program designed to get more plug-in and electric vehicles
on British roads. The heart of the program is rebates
of up to £5,000 for purchases of full electric or plug-in hybrid
vehicles. This could be good news for companies like Mitsubishi
and General Motors
. The Japanese automakers are planning to introduce battery electric cars
over the next two years and General Motors plans to launch the Vauxhall Ampera
(a rebadged Chevy Volt
) in 2011. The program is aimed primarily at next-generation full-function electric vehicles like the Ampera and Mitsubishi iMiEV
rather than the existing crop of low speed vehicles like the Indian-made G-Wiz.
In addition to subsidizing car purchases, the government wants to make life a little easier for EV
drivers by putting in more public charging outlets. £20 million of the project is set aside for building out the country's infrastructure of charge points. Thanks to Brother_Will for the Tip!
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