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New electric car 'rebate scheme' could help older drivers and pensioners 'save money'

Older drivers should be able to take advantage of a new electric car rebate scheme to help pensioners “save money” on the roads, according to a leading campaigner.

A new Parliament petition is calling for the introduction of a finance scheme to help pensioners secure expensive EVs.

Poll founder James Denis Creemer claimed the repayment scheme would be similar to the salary sacrifice programme popular among workers.

This would presumably take a portion of a motorist’s pension every month in exchange for a new vehicle.

The cheapest new electric models are still priced at over £20,000 making it unattainable for most road users to pay for one outright.

James said: “I would like the Government to implement a rebate scheme for pensioners who buy electric cars.

“Many employed people have access to salary sacrifice schemes, so I think there should be an equivalent scheme for pensioners.

“Pensioners should receive a rebate when they purchase an electric car. This might encourage greater use of electric cars and also be beneficial to pensioners, helping them to save money. I think pensioners would be keen to take advantage of such a scheme.”

The petition will need at least 10,000 signatures to receive an official Government response.

If the survey receives 100,000 signatures the motion could be considered for debate in parliament.

The poll is scheduled to run until July 25 2024, meaning road users have around four months to make their views known.

However, elderly drivers are more hesitant than younger motorists to make the switch to electric models.

Research from EV charging manufacturer Zaptec found 90 percent of pensioners view electric cars as a waste of money.

At least half of 25 to 35-year-olds said they were prepared to make the switch in the next five years compared to just 21 percent of 55-64 year-olds. Only 16 percent of those above 65 would feel ready to ditch petrol and diesel vehicles.

Fiona Howarth, founder of Octopus Electric Vehicles has previously suggested the retired population was “really curious” about the technology. She added older motorists could be tempted to adopt the new technology if costs were made more affordable.

Fiona told Express.co.uk: “In the retired communities we have less of them because of the incentives so far. I think over time they will take it up and I think having people driving the cars will help.

“Actually now that we see more affordable cars come out as well, that’s making it more accessible to a broader segment of the population. I am excited for that audience as they discover it more.”


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