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Worried about losing power, Nick? Now Clegg launches £500million fund to overcome fears about electric cars’ flat batteries

Cash boost announced today will fund more roadside charging point plugs
Initiative will extend £5,000 subsidy encouraging drivers to buy the vehicles
Move follows criticism that motorists are being put off buying cars because of the lack of places to charge them
The rapid charge-points can power up a car in as little as 20 minutes
Councils able to bid for a share of £35million to create ‘ultra-low city status’

By Ray Massey, Transport Editor and Lucy Crossley

Nick Clegg has launched a £500million fund to put more spark into lacklustre electric car sales and allay motorist’s fears about their batteries going flat.

Perhaps inviting remarks that the Deputy Prime Minister is himself worried about losing power, the cash boost will provide more roadside charging point plugs to stop cars running out of juice while on the road.

It will also extend the £5,000 taxpayer subsidy encouraging drivers to buy the vehicles and introduce new measures to make cities more electric car friendly.



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