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Grants & incentives

Government grants and incentives deliver cost-savings for businesses

Your business can take advantage of a number of grants and incentives to grow your electric vehicle fleet and save thousands of pounds

Key points

  • Government provides up to £4,500 off the OTR price of an eligible pure electric car, £2,500 for an eligible plug-in hybrid and up to £8,000 off the price of an eligible electric van
  • Grants are available for the installation of chargepoints at your workplace
  • Other benefits for electric car and van drivers can help keep fleet operating costs down

The plug-in car grant

Since 2011 the UK Government has provided a suite of financial incentives for private motorists, fleets and businesses, to make the switch to plug-in vehicles.

The plug-in car grant offers up to £4,500 off the ‘on the road’ purchase price of eligible new pure electric cars; £2,500 off eligible new plug-in hybrids that cost £60,000 or less; and up to £8,000 off the price of an eligible new van. Since the grant began in 2011 more than 120,000 new electric vans and cars have hit the UK’s roads.

The full list of eligible electric cars and vans can be found here.

Charged up for work

Government’s Workplace Charging Scheme provides eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations with support towards the purchase and installation costs of electric vehicle chargepoints.

Company car drivers are also eligible to sign-up to the electric vehicle homecharge scheme and can save up to £500 on the cost of installing a home chargepoint. In addition, some vehicle manufacturers offer additional financial support for domestic chargepoint installation.

All the details about Government grant schemes for the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles.

On the road, drivers of plug-in electric cars are exempt from paying the London Congestion Charge and T-Charge. Elsewhere, a number of towns and cities in the UK offer free parking for electric cars – and some even offer free charging.

Capital allowances

Businesses buying plug-in cars that emit less than 75g/km, or zero emission vans can benefit from enhanced capital allowances with 100% of the value eligible for writing down in the first year of ownership. This benefit also extends to recharging or refuelling infrastructure for plug-in and hydrogen-powered vehicles.

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