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Ministers to scrap taxpayer-funded £5,000 grants to electric car buyers after experts find incentive did little to help the environment

Experts said it is only allowing rich families to buy a second car on the cheap
The subsidies will now be reduced before being phased out after being introduced two years ago
The Government has so far spent £11million on the subsidies

By Ray Massey

PUBLISHED: 18:18 EST, 4 September 2013 | UPDATED: 18:30 EST, 4 September 2013

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Taxpayer-funded subsidies of £5,000 aimed at boosting sales of electric vehicles are to be phased out, ministers said last night.

The grant was introduced to fuel a consumer boom in emission-free cars but it ‘cannot be maintained indefinitely’, they warn.

It comes after experts found the incentive was doing little to help the environment and instead allowing rich families to buy a second car on the cheap.
Taxpayer-funded subsidies of £5,000 aimed at boosting sales of electric vehicles like this Mini are to be phased out

Taxpayer-funded subsidies of £5,000 aimed at boosting sales of electric vehicles like this Mini are to be phased out

The £5,000-per-car subsidies, which have been in place for two years, will now be reduced before being phased out.
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