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June 27, 2009

UK will spend £25 million ($40 million U.S.) on huge electric car test program

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Mitsubishi iMiEV – click above for high res iamge gallery

The electric vehicle money is flowing everywhere. Following the U.S. DOE’s announcement yesterday, the UK has announced it will spend £25 million ($40 million) on a large project to get EVs and “ultra-low carbon vehicles an everyday feature of life on Britain’s roads in less than five years.” Automotive partners include Ford, MINI, smart, Mitsubishi and Toyota. More information available at the links and in the press releases after the jump.

While EV fans here on AutoblogGreen will undoubtedly be happy to hear this news, there was a line in the Automotive News Europe (subs req’d) write-up of the announcement that doesn’t exactly bode well. The automakers brought their vehicles together at the Guildhall in London for the day, which gave a reporter the chance to hear what the i MiEV sounds like: “When the demonstrator started the car and pressed the accelerator, it did not rev nor growl. It sounded like a toy.” Really, a toy?

Gallery: Mitsubishi i MiEV – LIVE

[Source: Automotive News Europe (subs req’d)]

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