Car-maker Renault has relaunched its vehicle scrappage scheme, with drivers being offered up to Â£5,000 to take older models off the road.
The biggest incentives are being offered to drivers looking to purchase a new ZOE fully-electric car with customers also being offered a free home charging system to encourage take-up of the vehicles.
Any car or light commercial vehicle, from any manufacturer, registered before 31 December 2011 is eligible for the scrappage scheme, if it has been registered to the owner for at least 90 days, Renault says. The scrappage scheme is active until 7 January 2019.
Scrappage support starts at up to Â£1,000 for the purchase of a new ScÃ©nic Family vehicle, with the full package of Â£5,000 available on a new ZOE.
Renaultâ€™s Twingo, Clio and MÃ©gane are also eligible for savings through the Renault scrappage scheme, as are the ScÃ©nic and Grand ScÃ©nic models.
Renault has highlighted that purchasing any of its electric models, the scrappage incentive can be coupled with up to Â£4,500 in subsidy from the governmentâ€™s plug-in car grant â€“ which could bring the cost of the new car down to around Â£13,500.
Renault has recently unveiled details of the 2018 model-year ZOE, described as being more powerful than previous models (see airqualitynews.com story).
Car manufacturers including Ford, Volkswagen, Kia and Toyota as well as others have launched scrappage schemes in a bid to encourage drivers to switch to cleaner models.
These have been used in part to address concerns over air pollution, which have contributed to flagging car sales, according to the motor industry.