From 2011 people will be offered a subsidy of £5,000 if they buy an electric vehicles but there are no incentives to encourage private purchases.
The only current beneficiaries are company car drivers who will pay no tax on their cars for five years as announced as part of the pre-budget report.
ECC’s ev’ie is an all-electric four-seat city car, based on Citroen’s C1 model. It has a range of 60-70 miles on one charge and can reach a top speed of 60mph.
David Martell, ECC’s chief executive, believes that the delay of these subsidies will lead to the UK falling behind Europe in the electric car sector despite the Government wanting to become a world leader in the technology.
He said: “It is unfortunate that we cannot exploit the advanced technology that we have developed in the UK, especially as the government and Boris Johnson have stated they wish to fully support a renaissance of the British motor industry by promoting electric vehicles.
“Our assembly plant in Bedfordshire has been fully occupied throughout the last few months and we would very much like to increase capacity and employment to meet the high demand.
“I have written to the government to outline how ECC can help put the UK firmly on the map, but unfortunately they have declined to offer any assistance to progress this opportunity.
“Consequently, I believe we will fall even further behind the rest of Europe and this has therefore been a factor in our decision to commence assembly in Denmark.”