Fancy a new BMW or Mini with €2,000 chopped off the price-tag?
BMW Ireland has just announced its Lower Emissions Incentive Allowance, essentially a €2,000 grant towards a new electric, hybrid or standard model with CO2 emissions of 130g/km or less.
Available until December 31st, to qualify for the scheme you’ll need to trade in a diesel vehicle that meets the Euro-4 emissions standard or below. If you don’t have any idea what that means, BMW has developed a handy online tool to see if your old car qualifies.
The move comes in the wake of the so-called diesel summit in Germany last week, an attempt to mend the reputation of diesel cars in the wake of scandals over vehicle emissions, which doesn’t seem to have been overly successful. Volkswagen’s emissions irregularities have been well-covered in recent months, while Ford is the latest company to come under investigation. On the whole, diesel isn’t in a very good place right now.
The allowance is also part of the company’s aim to boost sales of fully electric and hybrid cars in Ireland – they expect to have shifted more than 100,000 units by the end of 2017, the first time that will have been achieved in a single year. BMW claims that with the various grants, schemes and discounts currently available, you’ll get up to €15,000 off the electric BMW i3, or €9,500 off the new Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid. That does sound quite good, though you should note that those figures include the Government grant and VRT relief of up to a combined €10,000. Still, it’s an extra €2,000 more in your pocket than you might have anticipated.
“BMW offers the widest range of low emission vehicles of any manufacturer. We were the first premium marque to make a clear commitment to electric mobility and having a range of sustainable mobility options too,” says BMW Ireland’s Paulo Alves. “We know in the early phases that people still need some incentive to make the jump to fully electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles and that is why we are delighted to announce this new allowance. For those who the alternative drivetrains do not suit their lifestyle we still offer allowance qualifying EU6 compliant petrol and diesel engine cars that are cleaner than ever.”