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Fresh calls for a scrappage scheme

THERE are fresh calls for a scrappage scheme to accelerate EV adoption ahead of the government’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday.

Karl Howkins from SOGO mobility argues that a scrappage scheme is essential to help drivers move to EVs at a time when the cost of living crisis and higher energy costs are proving a deterrent.

Howkins said: “We have seen the effective use of scrappage scheme¬†nationally in the past and currently in London, where the mayor provided funding of ¬£160m. It’s clear that tax incentives are helping to drive the adoption of EVs in the fleet sector, but the private motorist has fewer reasons to make the leap.

“I’m calling on the Chancellor to introduce a national scrappage scheme to remove older, more polluting vehicles from our roads and incentivise the move to EVs. The initiative could be introduced quickly and would immediately impact our journey to net zero.”

SOGO is a green mobility company that operates one of the youngest and greenest fleets in the UK. It recently announced it had achieved the Scope 3 emissions standard, enabling the company to monitor its carbon emissions as a business comprehensively.

Scope 3 is widely recognised as the most challenging as it considers the emissions up and down an organisation’s supply chain that aren’t immediately related to the business, for instance, from the goods it purchases from its suppliers to the products its clients use.

SOGO has developed a comprehensive range of services that make moving to an electric or very low-emission vehicle easy. For those instances where an EV isn’t suitable, it helps customers measure, reduce and offset their carbon emissions.

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