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Labour’s £5,000 sweetener to launch electric car revolution: Environment: The Guardian



This is most welcome news, but more thought has to be given to providing facilities for charging, there needs also to be a more varied choice of vehicle:the G Wiz electric vehicle (£8,000+ for a small tin can) is not rally safe, therefore new electric cars need to fit safety standards applied to other cars:

Consumers are to be offered incentives of up to £5,000 to purchase an electric car under government plans to be unveiled today that will also see the creation of electric car cities across the UK and the launch of large-scale experiments with ultra-green vehicles.

The proposals are part of a £250m strategy, seen by the Guardian, spelling out a revolution in Britain’s road transport network based on ultra-low carbon vehicles. It will be launched today by Geoff Hoon, the transport secretary, and Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, with the aim of kickstarting the market for cleaner road vehicles and slashing the UK’s CO2 emisisons.

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via Labour’s £5,000 sweetener to launch electric car revolution | Environment | The Guardian .

  1. April 16, 2009 at 09:29

    You can count me out. For me it is a chicken and egg situation. The technology, infrastructure and aesthetics will have to improve significantly before I would even consider an electric car. The argument is still basically flawed – as explained here:


  2. zebrambizi
    April 16, 2009 at 12:00

    I suppose it’s probable people said the same thing about petrol driven cars in the early days.

    It’s still early days but the technology is there; in time, most people will opt for electric driven vehicles; this country cannot afford to continue to subsidize arab sheiks and the oil lobby.

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