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16 Sep 2010 12:09:13

Electric vehicle support scheme announced



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.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800067568-ADNFCR


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OFG wrote:

17 Sep 2010

I HAVE SEEN THE NISSAN & I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE BUT ONLY AS A SECOND CAR - GIVEN THAT NO ONE REALLY KNOWS YET HOW WELL THE RESALE VALUE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES LIKE THE NISSAN IS GOING TO HOLD UP - WHY NOT WAIT A WHILE TO SEE WHAT 2nd HAND VALUES ARE GOING TO BE LIKE? IT WOULD FIT THE BILL FOR A LOT OF MY JOURNEYS BUT NOT ALL OF THEM.
£24k ON THE ROAD FOR A SECOND CAR IS GOING TO BE BEYOND THE REACH OF A LARGE % OF THE MARKET? CURRENT FUEL PRICES COST ME £1500 P.A. - CAN ANYONE THINK OF A COMPELLING ARGUEMENT THAT WOULD PERSUADE ME TO PUT MY NAME DOWN NOW FOR A NEW ONE?
FG


20 Sep 2010

Owning an electric car in the next few years is going to be expensive and recharching is going to be an issue. Even when recharging points are commonplace, time issues will still be a restricting factor which is why the pure electric vehicle only adds up at the moment as a second vehicle. These are early days and as charging points become commonplace, EV volumes increase and technological improvements occur, then prices will become more competitive and current problems will be overcome. It's a bit like the chicken and egg situation at the moment. I edit a website, www.realityGreen.co.uk where we are following with interest the development of the electric vehicle as part of our remit to promote sustainable living.




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