LONDON (Bloomberg) -- UK motorists will be eligible for grants of as much as 5,000 pounds ($7,945) when they buy electric low-emission cars produced by Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Daimler AG's Smart brand and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA.
UK Transport Secretary Philip Hammond published the names of the first nine models that will be eligible for the government's “plug-in car grant” for vehicles with carbon-dioxide emissions of less than 75 grams per kilometer.
The other six will come onto the UK market later in 2011 or in 2012.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Smart ForTwo electric drive and Peugeot iOn, which will have their first UK deliveries in January, will be the first to attract the grants.
They will be joined by Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf and Tata Motors Ltd.'s Vista, which have their first deliveries in March, and PSA's Citroen C-Zero, which is slated to be delivered to the UK early next year.
General Motors Co.'s Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt also will be eligible, along with Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius plug-in hybrid when they are introduced in the UK in early 2012.
“Government action to support affordable vehicles and more local charging points means we are on the threshold of an exciting green revolution,” Hammond said. Next year “could be remembered as the year the electric car took off,” he added.
Motorists will be allowed a discount of as much as 25 percent off the list price, capped at 5,000 pounds, and another round of eligible vehicles will be announced next year.
4,000 more charging points
The English Midlands, Greater Manchester, eastern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will also share 20 million pounds for the installation of 4,000 more charging points.
The new areas join London, Milton Keynes and northeastern England, which won an earlier round of funding and will install more than 11,000 charging posts across the three regions by 2013.