BMW to incentivise motorists to replace old diesels with grant

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BMW could soon offer diesel drivers a grant to buy an i3

The brand’s German scheme is being rolled out across Europe; the UK could be next to get grants on models such as the i3

The UK could be the next European country to get BMW incentives designed to attract drivers of older diesels into buying cleaner models.

Currently, the scheme offers German drivers of Euro4 and older diesels from any manufacturer a grant of up to €2000 (£1805) for the purchase of a low-emitting BMW vehicle.

Models they can trade up to include full electric cars such as the i3, plug-in hybrids such as the 225xe Active Tourer and Euro6-compliant models with CO2 outputs of below 130g/km.

BMW is now understood to be examining the effectiveness of such a scheme in the UK, with a decision on whether it will be rolled out here likely to be made next week. The company intends to expand the initiative to include several countries in Europe.

A brand spokesman told Autocar that incentives such as the ones this plan offers are often key in convincing owners of combustion engine vehicles to “make the jump” to alternatively fuelled models.

BMW has recently issued a voluntary service action for some of its diesel models to issue them with new software that it claims will reduce nitrogen oxide output. BMW chairman Harald Krüger said diesel remains important in the fight to lower global emissions, despire pressure on the fuel type following Volkswagen’s Dieselgate.

“State-of-the-art diesels will definitely play an important role in future mobility,” Krüger said during a recent BMW conference call to shareholders. “Modern efficient diesel engines ensure lower CO2 emissions.”

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Source: Autocar Online

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