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£500m bid to get more drivers using electric cars

Nick Clegg charging an electric car at a research centre in Berkshire. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Government is set to spend £500m to encourage more drivers to use electric cars.

Under the proposals people can get grants of up to £5,000 towards the cost of an electric vehicle.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will also set out £100m of extra investment in research and development to help the UK remain at the forefront of the new technology.