Grants for electric cars revealed

The first electric vehicles for which owners will be entitled to a 25% grant have been revealed by the Government.

Transport secretary Philip Hammond, who announced the nine eligible electric vehicles, has also revealed five other regions that will have recharging points.

Owners of electric cars among the first three named in the Whitehall-paid grant list will be eligible for a 25% off, or a price of up to £5,000 from January 1, 2011.

A 25% reduction will also apply to the Mitsubishi iMiEV; Mercedes-Benz smart fortwo ED; Peugeot iON; Citroen CZero; Nissan Leaf; Tata Vista EV; Toyota Prius Plug-in; Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt. .

The east of England, the Midlands, Greater Manchester, Northern Ireland and Scotland will all see the installation of charging points as part of the £20 million grant.

Mr Hammond said: "A few years ago, ultra-low emission cars with mass-market appeal appeared just a pipe dream. Now they are a reality and we can have all the convenience of the car without the carbon that normally goes with it.

"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."

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