November 24 2014 Latest news:
Ben Woods, Business writer
Monday, February 3, 2014
More than half a million pounds is being invested in electric car charging points across Norfolk and Suffolk to help spark the industry into life.
West Norfolk and King’s Lynn will receive a cash boost of £222,183, while Suffolk will be handed £337,500 to install 29 rapid vehicle chargepoints across the east.
It comes as part of a £9m nationwide investment by the government to install hundreds of charge points across the country to make electric cars more appealing to motorists.
The scheme was launched by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in a joint campaign with car manufacturers to promote the benefits of low emission vehicles.
Mr Clegg said: “Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles.
“The extremely low running costs of electric cars help drivers save money and we are allocating more than £9m to boost chargepoints across the country to help drivers to go green.
“This means we can lower UK emissions and create high-tech engineering and manufacturing jobs to boost our economy.”
Robert Goodwill, transport minister, said: “This campaign is about opening people’s eyes to the advantages of ultra low emission vehicles.
“They are incredibly cheap to run and we’re giving grants that knock thousands of pounds off the price tag at the point of sale. This is great news for the consumer and for industry, with the UK well-positioned to take the lead on the development of these advanced technologies.”
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “This is a significant development as government and some of the country’s leading automotive brands pool resources to fund a campaign that will raise awareness of the benefits and capabilities of these new technologies.”
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