Dutch incentives boost efficient car sales
Dutch motorists have embraced official incentives for purchasing more energy-efficient cars, the environment ministry has reported. Introduced in January, it offers euros 1,000 to those buying "A" rated vehicles and euros 500 for "B" rated ones (EED 07/01/02). Already, 30,000 bonuses have been awarded, the ministry said, and 15% of all new car sales now have A or B ratings. Car makers have also responded: the number of A rated models on the Dutch market has doubled from six to 12 since the scheme's launch. See press release.