The incentive to scrap end-of-life vehicles should return in the State Budget (OE) for 2021, but the Minister for the Environment and Energy Transition, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, argues that this instrument cannot be used again for the exchange by a diesel or gasoline car.
“If there is an incentive to slaughter in the next OE – and only in the next OE it can be considered – it will always be through the replacement of a combustion vehicle with an electric vehicle. This is a proposal that already has some consensus with those who sell cars “, says the government official.
In interview with the newspaper Eco, Matos Fernandes maintains that “for a long couple of years there will still be fossil fuels, which should be less and less carbon intensive, but will always be complex carbon molecules.
Decarbonisation is done with less polluting fuels, but the minister warns that “if we want to reach 2030 with one third of non-fossil land mobility, we have to make a very big effort”. “And if we want to reach 2050 with mobility and land transport emitting zero carbon, then there is no longer any place for fossil fuels”, he adds.
At a time when the support for electric mobility planned for this year in the purchase of bicycles and light passenger vehicles by companies is already exhausted, there are still almost a hundred checks for electric cars for private individuals. “Far from running out” are support for light goods, which received only 34 applications compared to the 300 expected by the Government.
After seeing sales shrink by 46.8% in the first five months of 2020, the Automobile Association of Portugal (ACAP) demands measures to stimulate demand to halt this fall and regrets the delay in the action by the Government. Still, it’s “hopeful” that sales will not drop more than 30% this year.