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Fancy a free £5,000? Buy an electric car!

Under new government proposals and as part of the government’s £250 million strategy to reduce carbon emissions, motorists are to be offered incentives of up to £5,000 to buy electric cars.

It has not yet been decided how the money would be distributed, but incentives would only be available to people buying cars that ran entirely, or for the vast majority of their time, on electricity. The scheme, which would be enforced by setting a ceiling for the amount of carbon dioxide a car emits, will become operational in 2011.

In addition, it is proposed that about 200 electric cars will be available in city centre across the country for the public to try out.

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