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Plug-in car grants sell 500 electric cars

The plug-in car grants are getting off to a slow start, according to The Guardian. Just 534 electric cars have so far been registered under the scheme in the first quarter of 2011. The figure was revealed in parliamentary answer by junior transport minister Norman Baker. The grants, which award electric car buyers up to £5,000 towards their purchase, are available for up to 8,600 cars until the end of 2011, when the Coalition government is due to review the scheme. If sales continue to crawl, the national newspaper reports that it fears sales will struggle to reach a quarter of that figure.Toyota Prius plug-in trial in London Despite the disappointing start, the scheme is still boosting electric car sales when compared to previous years. With new electric models such as the Nissan Leaf available on the market, sales show growth contrasted to 2009, when just 55 electric cars sold-many of them quadricycles- lightweight vehicles such as the G-Wiz which don’t meet the same safety standards as full cars. Cars such as the Vauxhall Ampera, Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, which will be eligible for the grants, are not due to launch in the UK until 2012. When these join the market, uptake of the grants should start to increase. Current models available to buy with the £5,000 incentive include the Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iON and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

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Faye Sunderland

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Graham Cooper

How very unsurprising! The cost and range anxiety together with the financila crisis brought on by massive fraud at New York banks Lehman Bros, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citibank and others..

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