By 2040, all new cars produced in the UK will need to be electric, and that year is fast approaching. Especially with the added pressure being pushed onto the Government to bring this deadline forward.

The sheer damage that petrol and diesel cars are doing to the planet now, is creating a real drive for the public to embrace the new technology available and join the rEVolution. With so many benefits to buying an electric car, including lower fuel costs, less pollution and reduced stress levels, what’s not to love? (Don’t forget the potential discount on your London Congestion Charge too!)

But the dying question that everyone wants to know is “Will The Government Be Paying For Old Cars To Be Scrapped?” We know what you’re thinking, you have a perfectly fine petrol or diesel car sat in your garage, that is reasonably new and you’re worried about the amount of money you would lose if you switch to an EV.

Well, fortunately for you we’re about to tell you everything you need to know about how you can switch to a better future with EVs and find out some of the best schemes available for you to scrap in your petrol or diesel car…

What’s The Big Idea?

So really what is this new ban to stop any more petrol and diesel cars being produced, all about? With the UK’s poor air pollution linked to around 40,000 early deaths a year, the Government and the courts thought it was about time to get involved and put something in place to change the way that we live and how people are openly and easily neglecting our planet.

It is the majority of diesel cars that are producing a ridiculous amount of nitrogen oxide gases that are breaching safe levels for the environment. Which ultimately led to a drastic change in thinking and a new plan being introduced to help reduce the harmful gases produced by petrol and diesel vehicles.

Not only is it affecting the health of the planet and global warming, but it’s also affecting the overall health of people, especially in more built-up areas like London and Birmingham. You can now search your postcode and find out how polluted your area is and get a real perspective on how your area may be affected.

To help tackle more polluted areas, the Government have set aside more than £200 million to spread out over local authorities to help diminish their high levels of pollution.

The Road To Zero…

The Road To Zero scheme follows on from the Government’s new plan to help reverse the detrimental effects of petrol and diesel vehicle emissions. The Government has promised to take a big role in helping to push out the correct infrastructure and strategies to support the rise in EVs. It is a strong way to help build a better environment and a cleaner economy.

They have set certain policies to create long-term ambitions to ensure the best results for the environment and our future ahead. This long term plan goes as far as reaching 2050, where they aim to have every car and van on the roads, zero emission.

The Government’s Air Quality Plan…

Matched with the Road To Zero scheme, the Air Quality Plan aims to tackle the current roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. The Government are pledging to leave the planet in a better way than we inherited it and are aiming to really improve the air pollution that we currently have.

To improve this, the Government are backing the increased popularity in EVs. They want people to purchase EVs and because of this are investing in cleaner transport. They have set aside the following to invest in a cleaner future:

  • £1 billion – Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, including £100 million for the Plug-In Car and Plug-In Van grant scheme.
  • £11 million – Air Quality Scheme.
  • £290 million – National Productivity Investment Fund.
  • £89 million – Green Bus Fund.
  • £27 million – Clean Bus Technology Fund and Clean Vehicle Technology.
  • £1.2 billion – Cycling and Walking.
  • £100 million – National Road Network.

The UK was the first country in the world to announce that petrol and diesel, car and van sales would end in 2040 and every car and van on the road would be zero emission by 2050.

The Big Questions About EVs…

Now that you know why it’s so important to change from a petrol or diesel car to an EV, to help make the world a better place, you might want to get to grips with some of the key questions that are often asked…

The truth about running out of charge mid-drive is simple. It works exactly the same as it would in your petrol or diesel car. Your EV will tell you exactly how many miles you will have left before you need to recharge to get you back on the road. In the event that it does run out, check out our tips on what to do.

So where can you actually charge your EV? There are plenty of charging points in the UK that you can easily take advantage of and charge up your EV. There are more than 6764 locations with 19,299 connectors. You can also make use of funding for a home EV charger or funding for your workplace charging scheme too, in case you didn’t want to charge out in public.

Will The Government Help Pay To Scrap Cars?

In 2017, as part of their Clean Air Plan, the Government put forward up to £8,000 for owners who were purchasing a new and more eco-friendly car. But it was soon scrapped by critics and was taken out of the finalised plan.

But with funding being given for chargepoints instead and a maximum of £3,500 being given for new low-emission vehicles, there is a high chance that to really drive the positive influence of EVs, there will be money spared to pay for the scrappage of old vehicles by the manufacturers and dealerships.

Luckily, this has already begun. Various car dealerships and manufacturers have already started providing scrappage schemes to help reduce the pollution caused by diesel and petrol cars. To qualify your car usually has to be registered before the 31st December 2009.  

These dealerships include Audi, BMW, Ford, Mazda, Skoda, Toyota, Renault and Seat. They each provide something different along with various price ranges and suitable discounts.

Here are our top scrappage schemes for a cleaner 2019…


Audi’s scrappage scheme can allow up to £8,000 discount on a new car if your car was registered before 31sr December 2009.

For example, you can receive up to £5,000 on an Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron or £8,000 on an Audi Q7 E-Tron. It is also important to note that you can also receive £2,500 funding from the Government by purchasing a low-emissions vehicle(OLEV). This means you can receive up to £7,500 off an A3 E-Tron.


BMW’s scrappage scheme relies on used cars that comply with the Euro 4 emissions. They will offer owners up to £2,000 to trade in their cars and add on the vehicle’s residual value. This discount can only be offered if the owners are purchasing an eligible model such as the BMW i3.

They work slightly different from Audi as they haven’t specified what they will actually do with your trade-in car. However, they do still allow for the Government’s funding too meaning you can receive a further discount and will have less to pay towards a new car.


Ford work slightly different to the more expensive brands like Audi and BMW. This is because they offer a discount on cars registered before 31st December 2011 rather than 2009.

Their scrappage scheme works on top of other discounts and can help maximise the amount you get for scrapping in your car.

Some of Ford’s discounted vehicles include their Ford Fiesta with £2,000 discount or the Ford Kuga with up to £4,850 discount.


Their current scrappage scheme involves up to £6,000 off a new car alongside their finance deals. However, their rules include making sure you’ve owned the car for more than 60 days and that it was registered before 31st December 2010.

Once you have traded in your car, it will be scrapped by CarTakeBack and 95% of the car’s parts will be recycled.


Skoda’s scrappage scheme requires your car to have been registered before the 1st January 2010 and you can bag up to £4,000 in discount. Unlike other brands, with Skoda, you cannot mix and match your discounts and they cannot be used in conjunction with each other.

But you can still get up to £4,000 off a Skoda Superb or £2,500 off a Skoda Fabia.


Toyota’s scrappage scheme was first released in 2017, and they’ve decided to include hybrids into their scheme. The car that you want to scrap needs to be more than seven years old and you need to have been the owner for more than six months.

They have a wide range of cars available to be discounted, ranging from £1000 discount to £4,000.


Renault offers up to £5,000 off a new car which can also be used with the Government’s funding which can also double the original discount. Your car has to be at least seven years old and your new car has to be registered by 31st March 2019.

Their discounted models range from their Clio, Megane and the Zoe.


Seat’s deal is a bit different to the others as your car must be a diesel in order to scrap it for a new one, registered by the 31st December 2009 and owned for more than 6 months. But, they will just scrap your car and won’t sell it on.

You can get up to £3,500 off a Seat Leon or £2500 on their Seat Ibiza.

Get Involved Today…

If you’re finally looking to make that step to a better and cleaner future and you think an EV is the best way for you, then get in touch. We can advise you on the best home, commercial and developer chargepoints suited to you and your business. Get in touch to book for your free consultation and kickstart your EV journey…