Government names first EV models eligible for Plug-in Car Grant
From 1 January 2011, buyers will be able to claim back 25% – up to a maximum of £5,000 – off the purchase price of the Mitsubishi iMiEV, smart fortwo electric drive, Peugeot iON, Citroen C-ZERO, Nissan LEAF, Tata Vista EV, Toyota Prius Plug-in, Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt. All the qualifying models have emissions under 75g/km, have a range of over 70 miles and a minimum top speed of 60mph. Other models will be added to the list next year.
In addition, the Government announced five more regions that will be given funding to install local charging points under the second phase of its Plugged-in Places scheme.
The Midlands, Greater Manchester, the East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will share a grant of £20 billion to install 4,000 charging points. This follows the announcement earlier this year that London, Milton Keynes and North East England are to install over 11,000 charging posts by 2013.
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: 'Government action to support affordable vehicles and more local charging points means we are on the threshold of an exciting green revolution – 2011 could be remembered as the year the electric car took off.'