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Prime Minister Gordon Brown Kick-Starts Green Car Revolution
10 Downing Street, London, 7/22/2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown set out the government's plans to kick-start a motoring revolution by driving the shift to low-carbon and electric cars in the the UK.

The prime minister revealed details of the steps at a meeting with senior representatives of the energy and motoring industries at the Motor Show in London this morning. The meeting follows the prime minister's call on the EU last week to set tougher mandatory fuel emissions standards, such as cutting the average car's CO2 output per kilometer by 40% by 2020.

Suggested measures include:

  • Removing barriers in the planning system to enable an electric charging network to be set up as quickly as possible.
  • Collaborating with other countries - including Germany, France, Denmark, and Portugal - on international industry standards.
  • Launching a study on issues relating to the development and commercialization of electric cars, with findings to be indluded in a low-carbon manufacturing strategy in the autumn.
  • Working with the National Grid and energy companies to assess the impact on the electricity system of the widespread use of electric vehicles and ensure adequate capacity.
  • Providing more than $180m of funding for UK research, development and demonstration of low carbon vehicles over the next five years, and an additional $40 million to provide lead markets for low carbon vehicles through the use of strategic public procurement.
  • Accelerating the pace of transition to low emissions vehicles, so that within the next three years new car purchases for all government departments average 130g/km CO2 or less.

Notes to editors :

The British Motor Show runs from July 23 to August 3 at the Excel Centre in London.

1 GBP = 2 USD as of July 22, 2008.

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