In a bid to encourage Londoners to make the switch to eco-friendly vehicles and contribute to cleaner air in the city, Skoda has rolled out an array of compelling offers designed to support those taking advantage of the Transport For London (TfL) scrappage scheme. Under this initiative, eligible customers who choose Skoda can access substantial additional support, potentially slashing up to £7,500 off the cost of a new car.
The TfL Scrappage Scheme, aiming to incentivize the adoption of environmentally compliant vehicles, offers a financial support package of up to £2,000 to qualified drivers who trade in a non-ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) compliant vehicle while purchasing a new, compliant model. The scheme works for Londoners in one of the 32 Boroughs or the City of London – provided they own an eligible vehicle.
Building upon the success of TfL's previous scrappage scheme, which saw the removal of more than 15,000 polluting vehicles from London's roads, this initiative extends its support to London residents, small businesses (with fewer than 50 employees), micro-businesses (up to 10 employees), sole traders and charities with a registered address in London.
Customers looking to make the transition to electric vehicles like the Skoda Enyaq and Enyaq Coupe, stand to benefit the most, with additional savings of £2,000 from Skoda and a deposit contribution of up to £3,500 for customers placing orders by 2nd October. These offers are available under Skoda's Solutions PCP financing plan. When combined, these incentives result in a total savings potential of up to £7,500 for qualifying customers.
Skoda's spokesperson was pushing a version of the Solutions PCP plan that comes in at 6.9%, but there are other variants – some with rates as low as 0%. Interested drivers would need to confirm with Skoda directly if these other plans are included.
The idea is that these Scrappage offers can be stacked with existing promotions available across the Skoda range, providing customers with even more value for their money. In summary, the offer works around these points:-
- Eligible customers making the switch to an Enyaq model can enjoy savings of up to £7,500
- Additional £2,000 support on Enyaq models
- Deposit contributions of up to £3,500 for customers financing through Solutions PCP
- All Skoda electric models are fully ULEZ compliant, ensuring hassle-free city driving
This surge in Skoda's electric vehicle sales coincides with the recent announcement by its parent group regarding the discontinuation of support for the SEAT brand in favour of Cupra. During his address at the Munich Motor Show, Thomas Schäfer declared, “The future of Seat is Cupra,” while confirming the group's intention to bolster investments in the performance-oriented Cupra brand. Iconic models like the Leon may find new life in the era of electric vehicles, adorned with the Cupra badge.
The decision to shift focus from SEAT to Cupra stems from Schäfer's belief, shared by the board, that Cupra presents a more lucrative opportunity. Discussing the potential of the Cupra brand, he remarked, “Cupra is bigger than Alfa Romeo and Polestar.” While opinions may differ on that assertion, Cupra's emergence as a unique interpretation of a VW ID car certainly piques interest.
According to the Confederation of British Industry, there is a growing appreciation among the public for clean air and an understanding of the health repercussions associated with air pollution. Cleaner air not only contributes to better health and well-being but also leads to increased productivity and improved economic outcomes. Additionally, research indicates that cleaner air can have intergenerational impacts, influencing factors such as educational attainment.
Skoda's proactive stance in supporting Londoners through the TfL scrappage scheme aligns with the broader movement toward cleaner, more sustainable transportation. With substantial discounts and incentives in place, the transition to eco-friendly vehicles becomes more accessible than ever, offering London residents an opportunity to contribute to a greener, healthier future for the city and its residents.