Michael Moore today welcomed the announcement that a Scottish Consortium has been successful in the second round of bidding for a share of a £20m fund to install local charging points for electric cars.
Mr Moore said:
“Today’s announcement that motorists will be able to make a choice from at least nine vehicles further confirms the UK as a global front runner in ultra-low emission cars and a leader in the development of hi-tech green manufacturing.
“Ultra-low emission cars with mass appeal used to be a pipe dream, but now they are set to become reality giving the convenience of the car without the pollution that goes with a normal car.
“It also shows that we are following through on our coalition commitment to support green growth and build a new and more responsible economic model and contribute towards our compliance with European Air Quality Targets.”
The consortia, with Transport Scotland as the lead partner, has been awarded £1.45m towards a total cost of £3.1m to roll out 375 charge points across central Scotland - 60 Home charge points, 285 public and 30 workplace.
The announcement by the Coalition Government firmly places the UK into the fast lane of the electric and ultra-low emission car revolution today as nine trailblazing models that will be eligible for generous grants of up to £5,000 were unveiled. The grant will be available to motorists across the UK from 1 January 2011, reducing the cost of eligible cars by a quarter, up to a maximum of £5,000.
The first nine cars to become eligible for eco-friendly car grants are: Mitsubishi iMiEV; smart fortwo electric drive; Peugeot iON; Citroen CZero; Nissan Leaf; Tata Vista EV; Toyota Prius Plug-in; Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt. More will follow next year.
The successful bidding consortia in this second phase are based in: the Midlands; Greater Manchester; East of England; Scotland and Northern Ireland.