Government Grants for electric cars and vehicles
Although the UK Government continues to support the adoption of electric vehicles it has cut back on the grants available. The government still offers grants to encourage the purchase of new electric vehicles, but only for Cat 1 vehicles that have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any emissions at all.
The Government has also reduced the grant from a maximum £4,500 to £3,500 (35% of purchase price up to the maximum).
The Government website also lists all the current vehicles that attract the grant.
The Government also offers grants of up to £1,500 (20% of purchase price) for motorcycles and mopeds, again they are listed on the website.
More generous grants are available for commercial vehicles such as vans and taxis.
For Vans that have CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km and can travel at least 16km (10 miles) without any emissions at all there are grants of up to £8,000 (20% of the purchase price).
For Taxis that are purpose-built taxis and have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any emissions at all there are grants of up to £7,500 (20% of the purchase price).
There are three categories of EV Government Grants:
The Government has removed the £2,500 grants previously available for Category 2 and 3 vehicles. The only grants now available for these vehicles is the £500 (including VAT) towards the installation of a home charger. This is claimed through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (see below).
Category 2 have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 16km (10 miles) without any emissions at all.
Category 3 vehicles have CO2 emissions of 50 to 75g/km and can travel at least 32km (20 miles) without any emissions at all.
Government Grants for Charging
If you have a drive or a garage you will probably want to fit a charging point for your EV at home. The Government offers a grant of up to £500 towards the installation cost. To qualify for the grant, you must be the registered keeper, be the primary user and have dedicated off-street parking.
If you don’t have any off-street parking, then it may be possible to get a charging post for your street. The Government has allocated funds for local authorities to help them fulfill the demand for residents requesting on-street charging. Contact your local council to check if they are participating. For further information go to Residential Chargepoint Scheme
You can also ask your employer if they can install charge-points, the Workplace Charging Scheme offers grants towards installation costs of up to £300 for point. These are available to any business, charity or public authority. More details at Government Grants for Low emission vehicles.
EVs also save money in other ways such as exemption from congestion charges and where available, free parking.