Unless your hiding under a bush you will have heard that the UK government are offering a £5,000 grant towards purchasing an electric car. They are promising to improve the number of charging stations scattered around the UK and are also promising low car tax and business tax for electric car users too.
Here is the list – with pictures of the nine electric cars that the Government are planning to offer a £5,000 grant towards purchasing.
Mitsubishi i-Miev: Expected in January 2011
Smart ForTwo: Expected in January 2011
Peugeot Ion: Expected January 2011
Nissan Leaf: Expected March 2011
Tata Vista: Expected March 2011
Citroen C-Zero: Expected Early 2011
Although you get £5,000 off the price of one of these cars new the actual cost may be over £20,000 and the Government will only pay £5,000 up to 25% of the cost. It is the battery that costs the most money not the car. It is hoped that battery costs will come down in the future when production of electric vehicles is increased. However in the meantime these cars will not be cheap.
You also have to consider where the UK gets its power from. Is it co2 friendly? Does the energy come from turbine, sun or another ecologically friendly method?