BMW is hoping the incentive will give electric models like the i3 a boost

BMW is hoping the incentive will give electric models like the i3 a boost

A diesel trade-in scheme BMW announced in Germany last week has been expanded to the UK with the Euro amount changed to pounds sterling.

The new Lower Emissions Allowance scheme by offers an additional GBP2,000 off all new BMW and Mini vehicles with emissions of 130g/km or less.

The promotion starts immediately and runs until 31 December, 2017.

To qualify for the allowance, a prospective customer will need to trade in a diesel Euro4 standard or older vehicle of any brand, and their chosen replacement car must be either an all electric car, a plug in hybrid or a Euro 6 standard vehicle with CO2 emissions of 130g/km or less (NEDC). About 80% of BMW models qualify while 70% of the Mini line complies. The allowance offered will be in addition to any other government or retailer incentives currently in place.

To ensure fairness for those customers wishing to upgrade to a cleaner, more modern vehicle, they will be given a suitable average price for their existing car. This is provided they have owned it for at least 12 months and the new lower emissions vehicle is purchased in the same name and address as the older car they are replacing.

Graeme Grieve, CEO of BMW Group UK, said: "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. 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 Euro-6 compliant petrol and diesel engine cars that are cleaner than ever."