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Government starts £5k electric car grant

First nine EVs eligible for grant announced

Plug-In Car station

The Plug-In Car Grant opened today

The £5,000 Government Plug-In Car Grant for ultra-low CO2 cars is now available, with the first nine eligible cars being revealed.

£5K off the list price of eligible cars

The grants offers up to £5,000 off the list price of a car emitting less than 75g/km CO2. It goes live on 1 January 2011 – and of the nine cars on the list, three will be available right away.

The Mitsubishi i-Miev, Smart ForTwo ed and Peugeot iOn electric cars all hit showrooms in January, and will all be eligible for up to £5k off their list prices.

They will soon be followed by the much-publicised Nissan Leaf in March, along with the Citroen C-Zero and intriguing Tata Vista (an electric version of the car we used to know as the CityRover).

Announcing the launch of the grant, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: “We are on the threshold of an exciting green revolution. 2011 could be remembered as the year the electric car took off.”

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Peugeot iOn

The Peugeot iOn will be available in January

Not just electric

It is not only electric cars that are eligible for the grant, though. The Government has stipulated a super-low CO2 figure of under 75g/km for grant eligibility.

This means models such as the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will also be given up to £5,000 off. The forthcoming Vauxhall Ampera will also get the grant – taking its list price down to below £30,000.

More models will be added to the list in time, including the Chevrolet Volt.

Electric region boost too

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf qualifies for the grant scheme

The Government has announced an expansion of its Plugged-In Places scheme, too. The scheme originally aimed to install 11,000 charging points across London, Milton Keynes and North East England.

Now, five more regions are to share an extra £20m to install recharge points: The Midlands, Greater Manchester, East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The numbers are a lot smaller at first – 4,000 charging points is the target for those five areas – but it’s a further step towards a national recharging infrastructure.

Business Minister, Mark Prisk said the scheme will: “further reinforce the message that the UK is Europe’s leading producer of ultra-low carbon vehicles”

The full list of Plug-In Car Grant models

Mitsubishi i-Miev: January 2011
Smart ForTwo ed: January 2011
Peugeot iOn: January 2011
Nissan Leaf
: March 2011
Tata Vista
: March 2011
Citroen C-Zero
: Early 2011
Vauxhall Ampera: Early 2012
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid: Early 2012
Chevrolet Volt
: Early 2012


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