The UK will become ‘the leading country in the EU for the development of low carbon vehicles,’ according to business minister, Mark Prisk, after a new government scheme was announced to subsidise the cost of buying low carbon cars.
Speaking at the Guildhall in the City of London, Prisk was joined at a presentation of the nine vehicles eligible for the grant by transport minister Phillip Hammond.
The grant – of up to £5000 per vehicle – will ‘help encourage consumer demand’ said Prisk.
He added: ‘We are not an anti-car government, the car is not a problem, carbon is a problem.’
Paul Everitt from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders called the scheme ‘a good start’ but claimed the real benefits of the UK becoming an early adopter of low-carbon cars was in the opportunities for research and development and manufacturing components needed for future electric vehicles.
‘We want to see the automotive industry investing in the UK and we can help by creating a market,’ Everitt said.