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MP says chargers slowing the success of the Nissan Leaf – Today’s News – News – JournalLive

NISSAN’S electric car workforce is being undermined by a failed Government vehicle recharging scheme which would see motorists take “days to get from Newcastle to London”.

Ministers have been accused of a catalogue of failures in their efforts to roll out the nationwide series of electric vehicle charging points seen as vital to ensuring motorists have the confidence to buy a Nissan Leaf.

The lack of a national charging system, slow charging points and a failure to offer the right incentives, are just some of the problems holding back the industry, opposition MPs have warned.

Production of the Leaf started in February shortly after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced new measures to support the industry including £11m for councils to put in charging points and extra cash for similar devices in train stations.

But now Louise Ellman, the Labour chair of the transport select committee, has warned the Government it will not meet its target of seeing “tens of thousands” of electric vehicles on the roads by 2015.

She pointed out the potentially damaging consequences of the Treasury’s decision to scrap some financial incentives for electric vehicles revealed in last year’s Budget.

And, she said, motorists are also being held back by time delays, as the vast majority of power points that have been installed charge over a period of several hours.

Read more: Journal Live


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