Should governments offer a financial incentive to buy electric vehicles?

There is some debate in political and public circles with regards to the subject of subsidising the purchase of electric vehicles around the world. While a number of governments already have such incentive schemes in place, as a means of protecting the environment going forward, there is a counterargument that incentivising the purchase of electric vehicles distorts the market and makes them look cheaper than they actually are.

There are two different sides to this story and it certainly offers a very interesting debate. What do you think about the subsidising of electric vehicles using taxpayers money?

Government incentives for plug-in electric vehicles have been established by several national and local governments around the world as a financial incentive for consumers to purchase a plug-in electric vehicle. The amount of these incentives usually depends on battery size and the vehicle all-electric range, and some countries extend the benefits to fuel cell vehicles, and electric vehicle conversions of hybrid electric vehicles and conventional internal combustion engine vehicles.

Hi Kristina2011

I think the trick will come in knowing when to switch from tax payer subsidies to a free market where you will pay the actual price of the vehicle. I am not sure how long governments can reasonably expect to fund the sector with tax payers money.