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UK: Transport Minister applauds North-East electric vehicle industry

SLUGGISH sales of electric cars will not stall the North-East’s drive to lead the low carbon transport revolution, industry leaders and ministers have said. Fewer than 900 applications for the Governments £5,000 grant towards an electric car were made last year; prompting fears that motorists are reluctant to switch from petrol and diesel-powered models. Thousands of jobs in the region depend on electric vehicles becoming a success.

Yesterday, Transport Minister Norman Baker was at Gateshead Colleges new 9.8m Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation, adjoining Nissan’s Sunderland plant, to officially open the countrys first test track designed for low carbon vehicles.

“The UK is on the brink of a critical transformation in road transport,” said Mr Baker, who confirmed that the plug-in car grant would carry on until at least 2015, and that the grant was being extended to buyers of plug-in vans.



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