Car scrappage schemes have been proposed in a desperate bid to boost the fledgling car market when lockdown restrictions fully ease. The scheme would see owners of petrol and diesel models given £6,000 if they sell their vehicle in favour of an electric car.
He said around four in ten were now also considering a greener form of commuting while many look to avoid public transport in fear of catching the coronavirus.
Mr Lawes said: “A car scrappage scheme could prove to be a tipping point in incentivising consumers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs).
“Environmental concerns have been driving demand for EVs, with a 21 percent increase in sales last month.
“Our own research showed that over a quarter of consumers are now considering purchasing an EV after lockdown, with a further 40 percent of workers considering greener modes of commuting, so demand is definitely there to drive a green revolution.
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“However, building demand for EVs must go hand in hand with delivering the infrastructure needed to make rapid charging a reality.”
A similar car scrappage scheme was introduced after the 2009 financial crisis in an attempt to jumpstart the car market.
Motorists were offered just £1,000 to buy a new car from any participating manufacturer as long as they met some simple criteria.
Their former car had to be at least ten years old and needed to be owned for at least twelve months.
Their Nissan LEAF is one of the most popular electric cars on the market and the changes could see sales dramatically boosted.
However, the decision to exclude buyers of diesel and petrol cars from incentives has been challenged by some, including the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
SMMT leaders wish to see the scheme benefit the entire market and not disproportionately favour specific segments.
A new proposal drafted by the group would see £1.5billion pumped in the scheme to boost the sales of around 600,000 models.
They say the primary aim would be to help jump start an “otherwise moribund market” as sales crashed in April and May.
Although increasing in interest, fully electric cars are still the least sold vehicles on the road as motorists continue to opt for petrol and diesel models.
May’s data revealed 11,150 new petrol cars were registered compared to last year’s total of 117,072.
However, just 2,424 fully electric vehicles were sold while 825 plug in hybrids left the forecourt.
Published at Tue, 09 Jun 2020 06:23:00 +0000