The chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Paul Everitt says the switch to low-CO2 vehicles presents a 'great opportunity' for Britain's motor industry.

"The Plug-In Car Grant [which came into force on January 1] will support the delivery of practical, low carbon vehicles and we will see further progress of new and conventional technologies in the years ahead," he said.

"The incentive, coupled with the charging infrastructure programme, Plugged-In Places, is helping to develop a co-ordinated and comprehensive approach to creating vital consumer demand."