Motorists could be given a £6,000 grant to trade in petrol or diesel cars for zero-emission models under government plans to reboot the economy. It emerged yesterday that Downing Street was considering a vehicle scrappage scheme to cut roadside emissions while providing a boost to the beleaguered motor industry. The plan may form part of a speech to be made by Boris Johnson early next month, in which he will set out plans to revive the economy after the pandemic. The proposals were welcomed by motoring and environmental groups, amid warnings that take-up of the greenest cars had been too slow in the UK. The latest industry figures show that 22,054 battery electric cars were sold in the first five months of this year. It is up by 132 per cent compared with a year earlier, despite the crisis. Overall sales of all cars in the UK have halved to 508,125 since the start of the year. However, electric cars still make up only 4.3 per cent of all new cars. It is feared that the government could fall short of its target to eliminate the sale of new petrol and diesel models within 15 years unless more drastic measures are adopted.
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The electric vehicle (EV) charger market is set to see a 29% year-on-year increase in sales through to 2030. This is according to energy market research consultancy Delta-EE, which expects the increase to happen despite COVID-19 dampening sales of new cars, predicting there could be a 30% reduction in new vehicle sales in 2020. In April, whilst battery EVs out-sold diesel and took home 31.8% of the market, the number of sales still fell 10% and new sales of vehicles overall fell 97.3%.
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