British drivers are to receive up to six thousand euros each from next year if they buy a low-carbon car. The UK’s coalition government is to put 50 million euros towards subsidising the uptake of electric vehicles.
It is less than the 300 million euros pledged by the previous Labour government, but the Transport Ministry says there will be no reduction in funding for the first 18 months.
Manufacturers have been talking up the rebirth of the electric car at a convention in the US.
“It’s exciting being at the forefront of a new frontier,” said Keiichi Kitahara of Nissan North America. “So this is very exciting for us and I think very exciting for the industry as you turn the page and see where it’s going to go. But I think it’s going to be big.”
Nissan and General Motors are preparing to begin selling their mass-market electric car in the US later this year.
Britain also wants to become a world leader in low-carbon vehicles and says it will review its subsidies policy regularly.