25 Jul '11, 7am

Govt predicts electric car sales to pick up next year after only 215 bought through plug-in grants from April to June

The government and industry remain convinced electric cars will see an upswing in demand, despite a dramatic fall in the number of the grants issued during the second quarter of the year to those motorists purchasing electric vehicles (EV). According to figures published by research charity the RAC Foundation late last week, the second quarter of the year saw just 215 cars bought under the government's EV grant scheme, which knocks £5,000 of the price of a new electric car. FURTHER READING Volvo steps up race to develop plug-in hybrid 'Range Extenders' Businesses to kick-start electric vehicle roll out This contrasts with 465 taken up in the first three months of the year, and takes the total of cars bought under the scheme to 680, leaving the UK's electric fleet still struggling to top 2,500 vehicles. The low uptake means just £3.4m of the £43m put aside by the government...

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