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The Government’s Plug-in Car grant gives you up to £3,500 off the ‘on the road’ price of an eligible new 100% electric car, and up to £8,000 off the price of a new electric van. In many cases this brings the price of electric cars and vans in-line with their equivalent petrol or diesel models.
In order to be eligible for the Plug-in Car Grant, cars must have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and have a zero-emission range of at least 70 miles.
When you buy your new car, the dealership will complete all the paperwork on your behalf at point of purchase. The grant is administered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and they have set several criteria that eligible cars must meet; these include ensuring all cars meet certain safety requirements.
You can also access a Plug-in Grant if you need a van. The grant will give you up to £8,000 off the price of an eligible van.
Further information on cars and vans eligible for the Grant »
If you’re still concerned, it’s worth remembering that there are a wide range of finance and leasing options available on electric cars, spreading the cost across more manageable monthly payments. With some models you can even consider buying the car and leasing the battery, lowering the initial purchase price and giving you complete peace of mind for the lifetime of your battery.
If you are regularly going to charge at home, installing an authorised home charging unit is the fastest, easiest and safest way to charge your car – and comes with a Government grant of up to £500 towards the cost of installation. To qualify, you need to be the registered keeper, lessee or have primary use of an eligible electric vehicle, with dedicated off-street parking.
To make commuting in your Go Ultra Low car even easier, the Workplace Charging Scheme also enables any business, charity or public authority to claim a grant of up to £500 per charging socket towards the cost of installing EV chargepoints, providing they have dedicated off-street parking for staff. This can apply for up to 20 chargepoints.
Find out more about the OLEV charging grants »
The councils are investigating options including the introduction of a charging scheme in 2022/23 for a larger area of the city, which would see only zero emission vans, lorries and buses able to enter for free. This may be extended to cover private cars by 2025.
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