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18 Jan 2010 12:01:25

Low-carbon transport needs more government investment, says Hodac



Low-carbon transport needs more government investment, says Hodac
The government could fail UK manufacturers unless it spends more on low-carbon transport, says the head of a European body for car manufacturers.

Ivan Hodac, secretary-general of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, warned that a bid by a north-eastern based Nissan plant to manufacture the Leaf electric car would not succeed against that of the company's Portugal plant.

Portuguese transport ministers were spending far more on customer incentives such as charging points than the UK government, the secretary-general said.

It is necessary to think globally in order to attract investment, he added.

One North East, the area's regional development agency, has already set aside millions of pounds to introduce charging points across the north-east if the bid is successful.

He praised the north-east for its achievements in being designated the country's first Low Carbon Economic Area with an industrial specialization in low-carbon vehicles, but added that there was a danger that its efforts could be wasted without government support.

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