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A government scheme announced this week means that electric car buyers will be able to get a home charging point fitted for free until the end of March 2015.

Thanks to a new £9 million government grant – the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme – the UK's largest manufacturer of electric car charging points, Chargemaster, will install 3kW domestic electric car charging points for free from September 1 onwards. To be eligible homeowners must own a plug-in car or have one on order.

This 3kW charging point can top up an electric vehicle at up to three times the speed of an ordinary domestic plug socket with dedicated electrical wiring for extra safety. Electric car owners can also have a faster 7kW charger fitted for £95.

Chargemaster founder and chief executive, David Martell, said: "The ability for electric car drivers to have easy access to charging at home and across the UK is key to the reduction of carbon emissions nationally, as well as improving air quality, particularly in urban areas, so we are delighted to be doing our bit."

The scheme runs until March 31st 2015 or until the grant has been totally used up. With a wide range of new plug-in models now available, forecasts predict that electric car sales should start ramping up. Experts suggest that between five and 10 per cent of cars sold in the UK will be plug-in or fully electric models by 2020.

Electric and plug-in hybrid models are currently available from companies including Audi, BMW, Citroën, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Smart, Tesla, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo.