Anyone buying an electric car in the UK starting this January will be eligible for a grant of up to 5,000 pounds ($7,930). This way, the government wants to encourage motorists to buy eco-friendly cars made by leading manufacturers such as Toyota or Mercedes-Benz.
According to transport Secretary Philip Hammond, around £60 million are allocated for grants for people buying new vehicles and charging spots, starting 2011.
“Government action to support affordable vehicles and more local charging points means we are on the threshold of an exciting green revolution,” Hammond said in a statement. 2011 could be remembered as the year the electric car took off,” he added.
The first eligible vehicles will be Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-in, Vauxhall Ampera, Tata Vista EV, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Nissan Leaf, Citroen CZero and Peugeot iON.
Government specialists also said that if the UK wants to meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it must to have 11 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
Since this implies the existence of power sources, about 20 million pounds will be allocated to charging stations that should be built in eastern England, in Scotland or Northern Ireland.