Trying to convince someone to swap out a vehicle they’re familiar with for an electric alternative is easier said than done, especially seeing as though electric vehicles have yet to make a significant slash in the mainstream market like petrol powered vehicles.
It seems as though the UK government have come up with a way to persuade its citizens to make the switch. According to the Telegraph, the UK government intend on offering its citizens up to R 127 165 (£6,000) to swap out their current petrol powered vehicle for an electric alternative.
While this is clearly an effort to make the country ‘greener’, it could also be a way to boost the electric car industry in the UK, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. It could also boost the economy, as people would be encouraged to spend more.
This initiative doesn’t come without its own set of problems though. Many people in the UK have not made the switch to electric vehicles because of the lack of charging stations. This means the government would have to invest in installing hundreds of charging stations across the country along with paying its citizens the £6,000. They could choose to go down the same route as Germany has, where they now require all petrol stations to include charging stations, according to Electrek. However, this would still require significant investments.
According to the BBC, the UK government intend on banning all combustion cars by 2035, and this initiative could go a long way to achieving that goal.