Electric vehicles are an increasingly attractive option, due to their lower running costs, the expanding choice of models available and intensifying concerns about air quality and climate change.
While the initial upfront purchase price of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle can be higher, this is offset by lower running costs. Electric vehicles offer savings including:
Grants are available to reduce the initial purchase cost of eligible plug-in vehicles and the cost and installation of chargepoints. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is responsible for these grants. The Plug-in Vehicle Grant provides up to:
OLEV maintains the list of eligible vehicles . The grant is automatically deducted from the retail price when an eligible vehicle is purchased, so there is no additional paperwork to complete. Please note, criteria for grants are subject to change.