Thursday, the UK government announced financial support for motorists to encourage the purchase of electric and plug in hybrid cars.

In a joint statement, the Department for Transport and the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory reform said government will provide help worth GBP 2000 - GBP 5000 to ordinary motorists towards the purchase of the first electric and plug in hybrid cars. These hybrids are expected to hit the showrooms in 2011.

The funding is part of a GBP 250 million scheme to deliver a green motoring transformation, part of government's wider support to help consumers and businesses switch to low carbon.

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