16 Jun 2010 05:06:04
Govt electric car grant 'will encourage international manufacturers'
The decision by the government to provide Nissan with a £20 million grant to mass produce electric cars in the UK is likely to make the country more attractive to international manufacturers.
Jonathan Visscher, media manager for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), described the move as "in the broadest sense...important", stating that it will "give the rest of the UK confidence to carry out commitment to low carbon technology".
Nissan announced its intention to manufacture its Leaf electric car at a plant in Sunderland earlier this year. The vehicle is due to go on sale in the UK at the end of this year with a price of £28,350, including the battery.
Mr Visscher highlighted that "national boundaries are far less defined" when it comes to the motor industry, adding that it contributes a significant amount to the UK economy.
"It is jobs, suppliers, retail networks they all combine to benefit the economy in a collective way," he explained.