16 Sep 2010 12:09:13
Electric vehicle support scheme announced
A new customer support scheme is being launched for drivers of electric vehicles in the north-east.
The regional development agency One North East has created the Charge Your Car scheme, which will educate motorists about where they can charge their electric vehicles in their local area.
Due to launch on October 1st, the initiative will provide drivers with tags to access charging points, as well as free parking while charging takes place.
Elektromotive, which has supplied 200 of the 1,300 points due to be installed in the region, is supporting the scheme.
Dr Colin Herron, manufacturing and productivity manager at One North East, said: "To ensure this dynamic new industry can grow to its full potential it is vital that we make sure there are no barriers preventing drivers from making the switch to low carbon transport."
Earlier this year, it was announced that the government is supporting the electric car industry in the UK with a £20 million grant for Nissan.
The Japanese car manufacturer will be producing parts for its electric vehicles in its plant in Sunderland.