Government Scheme Could See Drivers Paid to Switch out Their Gas-Guzzling Cars With EVs

By Shabana Arif on at

In a move that could see the post-pandemic economy get a little boost, as well as doing its bit to get combustion cars off the road on schedule, the government is reported to be cooking up a scheme that will see drivers get up to £6,000 if they switch to an EV.

The Prime Minister is potentially announcing the scheme next month, on July 6, so if you were looking for a new car, it might be worth holding off to see if these plans materialise. The current timeline in place for the ban of petrol and diesel cars is 2035, so leaving people to their own devices may not be the wisest idea to ensure that target is hit. This way, drivers will be incentivised to trade in their regular cars for a new EV and get a few thousand pounds for their trouble.

The infrastructure for charging EVs still has a long way to go, and it was only back in January that motorway service stations were saying that the grid can't cope with charging demand. We also need to get a wriggle on to meet the 2050 net zero emissions target, so throwing money at the issue looks to be the quickest way to tick both of those check boxes. Let's just hope there are enough giant plug sockets on the roads to juice up all those clean cars. [Engadget]

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