Government ministers have taken a new electric Mini for a test drive to show their support of the production of low-carbon vehicles.
Business secretary Lord Mandelson and transport secretary Geoff Hoon took the Mini E for a spin at the Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife after unveiling a cash incentive scheme to encourage motorists to buy electric and hybrid cars.
As part of the Government's package to creating a "low-carbon future" consumers will be offered between £2,000 and £5,000 to put towards the cost of an electric car from 2011.
Mr Hoon said the cash incentive makes buying an electric car "a real option for motorists".
At the same time Lord Mandelson said the number of demonstration electric vehicles, which should be tested on Britain's roads in the next 18 months, would be doubled from 100 to 200.
The ministers experienced the electric driving experience first-hand by driving the BMW Mini E, which they said was a "very comfortable" drive.
Taking their seats, Lord Mandelson joked: "This is what the secretary of state for transport is for - he is there to drive you around."
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