Persuading drivers in Scotland to ditch diesel and petrol cars for pure electric is proving to be a hard sell, according to figures suggesting that take-up of government-backed interest-free loans are down by more than 10 per cent. Ministers have set aside £46 million this year to drive ownership of electric vehicles (EVs) in Scotland with interest-free loans of up to £28,000. The offer does not include plug-in hybrids which run on a mix of electric power and conventional fuels. According to Transport Scotland, £27.5 million was claimed during the 2019-20 financial year for the purchase of 1,045 domestic electric cars. During the first quarter of the present financial year, from April to June, loans worth a total of £5.6 million have been issued for 228 new electric cars.
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