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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.

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.

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

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

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery