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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