Government Gives Grants to Purchase £80,000 Tesla Electric Sports Car
Taxpayers will subsidise the purchase of luxury sports cars under a £230 million scheme intended to help the environment. The Tesla Roadster, which runs on electric power but does 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds, will qualify for a £5,000 grant under the Government’s electric-car scheme, which starts in January 2011. Even with the grant it will cost £82,000. The only other car to qualify for the subsidy will be the Misubishi i-MiEV, which costs £25,000 without the grant. Nissan and Ford are also expected to introduce qualifying electric models in 2011 or the year after.