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IBM Leads U.K. Electric Car Research Project

March 23, 2010

LONDON - IBM on March 18 announced an agreement with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to evaluate the potential impact of electric vehicles on the United Kingdom electricity grid. 

The project will also assess the infrastructure required to achieve a mass market for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the U.K. 

IBM will coordinate a consortium of companies -- EDF Energy, E.ON and Imperial Consultants -- in conducting the study. The U.K. government has already committed 300 million pounds to create the infrastructure for plug-in vehicles and has provided consumer incentives. Supporting infrastructure has already begun rolling out in London, the North East and Milton Keynes. 

In addition, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has said it will provide grants of up to 5,000 pounds for consumers who buy ultra-low carbon cars.

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