Ford Targets Polluting Vans With Scrappage Scheme

Ford Targets Polluting Vans With Scrappage Scheme

Ford Targets Polluting Vans With Scrappage Scheme

In an effort to remove older LCVs with poorer emissions ratings from the roads, while also boosting sales of its newer models, Ford has announced a scrappage scheme which will deliver major discounts for customers who trade in used vans.

Business Vans reports that this offer extends to passenger cars as well, with a base level discount of £2000 offered for any vehicle which does not meet Euro 5 standards.

The only other caveat is that the vehicle has to have been registered prior to January 1st 2010, with the discount available on new vans and cars registered from the 1st of September this year.

BMW already has a similar deal in operation at the moment, although since it does not really cater to the commercial marketplace, Ford’s scheme is far more relevant for van owners.

In the UK alone, it is thought that up to 2.5 million vans which have Euro 4 engines are still in operation, meaning that there are a lot of ageing LCVs around, causing major problems in terms of air quality and carbon emissions across the country.

Another motivating factor which could convince van owners and fleet operators to ditch much older models sooner rather than later is that a higher charge for polluting vehicles is set to be introduced in London next month. This will see the cost of using outdated LCVs in the capital rise to £21.50 per day, making them far less financially viable.

All Transit models are included in the scrappage discount, with savings of up to £7000 available on the highest capacity vans.

Ford spokesperson, Andy Barratt, said that his firm was keen to do its bit to reduce emissions and improve air quality in the UK, with the elimination of older generations of vans being the most sensible way of going about this.

He also confirmed that any vehicle that is traded in as part of the project will indeed be scrapped, rather than simply being sold on the used market.

Ford’s other plans for fighting back against climate change include the impending introduction of a hybrid version of the Transit Custom, which is set to undergo testing in the UK in the final months of the year. All-electric vans are set to follow over the next half decade as the Transit range evolves.

Of course, getting hold of an affordable van with a Euro 5 or Euro 6 compliant engine is surprisingly easy, when checking out the second hand options that are available at the moment. For many buyers, even the prospect of a £2000 trade-in for their current van will not be enough to make the prospect of shelling out for a brand new LCV appealing or financially viable.

Ultimately, the push to put polluting vans out to pasture makes sense for the country as a whole, not just from the perspective of manufacturers like Ford, who are looking to increase their sales figures as demand for LCVs levels off.

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