The Government may double the grant for purchasing an electric car to £6,000, The Daily Telegraph has reported.
The paper said the incentive could be part of the plan for a post-Covid-19 economic recovery, which may be revealed by the Prime Minister in a speech next month.
The Government’s Plug-in Evehicle grant currently gives up to £3,000 towards the purchase of an electric car.
AA president Edmund King welcomed the news that the grant could be raised. “Offering £6,000 to swap a petrol or diesel car for an electric car would be a fantastic move, and should it get the green light people should take up the deal.
“At the start of the year we said scrapping VAT on electric vehicles would be the most influential move to persuade drivers to go electric. A grant like this would be just as good and help both car manufacturers and air quality.
“In order to help aid the economic recovery to Covid-19, investment should also be made in gigafactories,” said King. “This would mean batteries could be developed, built and recycled in the UK to keep our carbon footprint down.”
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