UK Prime Minister wants Britain to be European capital for electric cars

Automobile Staff
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Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of Britain, has set aside almost $180 million to help bring Britain to the forefront of alternative transportation technology.

During the British International Motor Show, Brown announced that the money would be available for five years to support the development of environment-friendly transportation. It is the prime ministers hope that Britain will become the "European capital for electric cars."

Carl-Peter Foster, president of General Motors Europe expressed interest in the program and talked to the prime minister about the Generals' E-Flex program which will be launched in the US by 2010 and could reach Europe via the Saab or Vauxhall branches.; Foster said that GM is looking for a sponsor to propose a credit scheme to offset the carbon dioxide of its large vehicles with the E-Flex hybrids. If the proposal passes Foster said that GM would consider producing the vehicles at the Ellesmere Port plant in Merseyside.

Renault was also interested in the program and discussed its idea of building a network of battery exchange facilities that would allow motorists driving all electric vehicles to swap their used batteries for freshly charged units.

Source: Times Online

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