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What is an ultra-low emission vehicle?

An ultra-low emission vehicle is one that emits less than 75g/km CO2 while to be certified as a “zero emission,” vehicle it must have tailpipe emissions of 0g/km CO2. All of the EVs and plug-in hybrids on our website, regardless of type, are classified as ultra-low emission and we also have a wide range of some of the UK’s most popular 100% electric vehicles.

What are the different types of electric vehicles that are available?

There are three main types of electric cars: 100% electric cars that offer zero emissions, plug-in hybrid cars that contain both a combustion engine and an electric battery and state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell cars. Read our guide to types of electric vehicles to find out about the key differences between these types.

What is the difference between a plug-in hybrid and a 100% electric vehicle?

A plug-in hybrid has a battery that can be recharged by plugging it into an external source of electric power and by its on-board engine and generator. A 100% electric vehicle is powered solely by electricity.

You can find out more here.

What kind of car is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle?

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are powered by a electrochemical process which combines hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity.

How do I know if an electric vehicle is zero emissions?

A 100% electric car is driven purely by electricity and has zero emissions. The only other type of EV with zero emissions is a hydrogen fuel cell car. You can see all the best 100% zero emissions cars available in the UK here.

How far can electric vehicles really go?

Different types of electric vehicles have different maximum ranges and there are factors that impact how far an electric vehicle can drive on a single charge too. Type of terrain, climate and speed can all impact real world range. As a rule of thumb, the lower end of EV range is around 100 miles while some newer EVs have a range closer to 300 miles. You can get accurate EV range projecctions for all of the UK’s most popular electric cars by using our journey range calculator.

What factors impact range in electric vehicles?

Factors that impact the range of an electric vehicle can include terrain, temperature, speed, load and the type of EV you’re driving. You can find out more about the different types of EVs available here.

Are there ways to maximise range when driving an EV?

Yes – many electric vehicles have an eco mode which is designed to conserve as much battery power as possible. Driving more slowly and using less climate control within the vehicle can also help improve battery life. With the UK’s extensive network of charging infrastructure you never have to worry about range as there will always be a charging point nearby.

Where are EV charging stations located?

There are thousands of publicly available charging stations around the UK, to find one near you, or plan your next long distance trip, see our interactive charging map. You’ll be able to filter these results by charging type, availability, speed and more so you can always find the right station for your requirements.

How do I plan longer trips in an EV?

Our interactive charging map has locations for every major EV charging station in the UK so you can plan even very long trips easily. To plan a longer journey in your EV you can map out your proposed route and easily identify the best charging stations for your chosen route.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Charging times vary depending on the capacity of the vehicle’s battery as well as the type of charger used. Rapid charging units can charge most EVs to 80% capacity in under 30 minutes while home charging units can take around 5-7 hours to fully recharge your EV’s battery. Use our intelligent home charging tool for accurate times for all major electric cars on the road today.

How much does it cost to charge an EV?

Charging your electric vehicle is significantly cheaper than filling up a conventional car with petrol or diesel. You could charge a popular EV like Renault’s 100% electric Zoe model to full capacity for about £6.80. You can use our home charging calculator to get accurate cost projects for charging any of the electric vehicles you find on our site.

Will I have to charge my EV every day?

No, most electric vehicles have a range of well over 100 miles which means you can handle the average commute in the UK (about 15 miles) comfortably. Most EV owners top up their car’s battery overnight whenever needed using a home charging unit.

What are some of the tax incentives for electric vehicle owners?

One of the most frustrating running costs associated with petrol and diesel cars is the amount of road tax you pay annually. This amount is based on the band that your vehicle falls into and can cost hundreds of pounds every year. Driving an electric car is different. You could pay little or no road tax as zero emission vehicles are exempt from these charges. Find out exactly how much you could save each year by using our car tax calculator. In addition to tax savings, EV owners are also exempt from most congestion charge and low emission zone taxes in big cities, adding even further savings.

Are there Government grants for electric vehicle owners?

Yes – there are two main government grants available for EV owners; the plug in electric car grant which helps cover some of the cost of buying a new electric vehicle and the electric car charging grant which is designed to help contribute towards the installation of a home charging unit. You can find out about both of these generous grants here.

Am I eligible for the electric vehicle charging scheme grant?

The majority of ultra-low emission electric cars and vans in the UK are eligible to receive the OLEV grant helping to meet the costs of installation for a home charging unit. You are eligible for the charging scheme grant if:

  • Your electric vehicle or low-emission plug-in hybrid was purchased after 1 October 2016
  • You have dedicated off-street parking available
  • The date of installation is no more than 4 months before you take delivery or become the registered driver of the relevant EV
  • The EV you purchase is on the approved list of electric vehicles
  • The home charging unit and installer you choose is on the approved list of chargers

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 charge points. For full details on the electric vehicle charging scheme grant, including all approved vehicles and installers visit the OLEV website here.

How much can electric vehicle owners save in running costs?

The savings that EV owners can make are significant, from cheaper cost per mile charges to less spent on servicing and repair over the lifetime of a vehicle plus big savings on tax and congestion charges. There are also major savings in the form of grants and generous tax incentives. Find out more about how much you could save in our guide to some of the benefits of driving an EV. See how much you could save on individual trips using our special journey cost calculator.

How much can I save by switching to an electric car?

The amount that you could save by switching to an electric vehicle depends on the type of car you choose, how often you drive and the overall cost of fuel, service and maintenance. Driving an EV is significantly cheaper than a conventional petrol or electric car, you can see how much you could save on every journey by using our journey cost calculator or find out more much you could save in tax by using our intelligent tax calculator.

Are there Government grants to help buy an electric car?

Yes – you can find out about all of the available Government grants and incentives here.

How much do EVs cost to maintain?

Electric vehicles are far cheaper to maintain and run than traditional cars. Because there are less moving parts there is reduced wear and tear on the car and engine. By switching to an electric vehicle you could save an estimated 20-30% on service and maintenance costs compared to a petrol or diesel equivalent.

How much tax do I pay on an electric vehicle?

100% electric vehicles are exempt from road tax while ultra-low cars pay less than regular vehicles. Find out more by using our car tax calculator.

Can I enter a salary sacrifice scheme to buy an electric vehicle?

Yes – if your company has a salary sacrifice scheme which helps towards the cost of buying a car, the majority of electric vehicles qualify. In addition 100% electric vehicles could be fully covered.

Is charging an electric vehicle cheaper than filling up with petrol?

Yes, you could charge a standard electric vehicle like Nissan’s popular LEAF model from home for around £6.50 which would give you a range of approximately 170 miles or 12p per miles. Driving the same distance in an equivalent petrol or diesel car would cost more than £20. You can see how much it costs to charge an array of the UK’s best electric cars by using our smart journey cost calculator.

How can I avoid the new car tax?

Simply put, switching to a 100% electric car means you pay zero tax on your vehicle. Because 100% electric cars and vans have no harmful emissions they are fully exempt from the new car tax. Plug-in hybrid vehicles pay less than petrol and diesel cars too. The Government’s bands for car tax is now:

  • £140 a year for petrol or diesel vehicles
  • £130 a year for alternative fuel vehicles (plug-in hybrids, bioethanol and LPG)
  • £0 a year for vehicles with zero CO2 emissions

You can beat the new car tax and find your dream electric car using our specially designed car selector tool.

What are some of the tax incentives for electric vehicle owners?

One of the most frustrating running costs associated with petrol and diesel cars is the amount of road tax you pay annually. This amount is based on the band that your vehicle falls into and can cost hundreds of pounds every year. Driving an electric car is different. You could pay little or no road tax as zero emission vehicles are exempt from these charges. Find out exactly how much you could save each year by using our car tax calculator. In addition to tax savings, EV owners are also exempt from most congestion charge and low emission zone taxes in big cities, adding even further savings.

How do electric vehicles benefit the environment?

Electric vehicles benefit the environment by producing drastically lower levels of harmful greenhouse emissions. Some EVs have zero emissions while others have ultra-low emissions of below 75g/kg CO2. By emitting less carbon into the atmosphere, EV drivers are helping to do their part in meeting ambitious climate change targets.

What is an ultra-low emission vehicle?

An ultra-low emission vehicle is one that emits less than 75g/km of CO2 and offers a greener, more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional petrol and diesel cars. All of the cars on our website are classified as ultra-low emission and you can see a wide selection of these using our car selector tool.

Which type of cars benefit the environment the most?

The best cars for the environment are those that boast zero emissions and are 100% electric vehicles. To find out more about the types of electric vehicle available, see our handy guide.

What is the cleanest type of electric vehicle?

The cleanest type of electric car is arguably the hydrogen fuel stack car. This produces its energy from an electrochemical process by combining oxygen and hydrogen to create electricity, the only by-product of this reaction is water and air.

Do electric cars need service and maintenance?

With no need for oil or filters, no complicated gearbox and no clutch, there is far less to regularly maintain in an electric vehicle than in a combustion engine driven car. This means they require far less servicing and maintenance.

Can I save money on service charges for my electric car?

Yes, the majority of serving and maintenance charges for EVs are on diagnostics and electric dashboard systems rather than on replacement parts and repairs. This drastically drops the cost of servicing and because most manufacturers carry out actual servicing, you’re likely to save a considerable amount.

Are electric cars safe to drive?

Yes, electric cars are incredibly safe to drive and come with advanced safety features like cruise control, assisted driving, lane intervention, air bags, automatic emergency braking and more. Find out more about specific features using our car selector tool.

Are electric cars safer in accidents?

Electric cars can be safer in collisions as without a combustion engine and highly flammable fuel tanks they are less likely to explode or catch fire. The advanced safety features in many EV batteries makes them far safer than traditional petrol and diesel powered engines.

Can my business switch to electric vehicles?

Switching to EVs for your business or fleet could save your company significant sums in vehicle maintenance and related overheads. You can find out more about business grants and incentives here or investigate some of the available tax benefits here.

How much could my business save by switching to electric vehicles?

You could save your business thousands of pounds by switching to electric vehicles. Cost savings on fuel account for a large percentage of this, however additional savings on tax, maintenance and servicing fees and running costs all make switching even better for your company’s bottom line. Use our journey cost calculator to compare your current business vehicle(s) against an equivalent EV to see how much you could save.

What type of electric vehicles are available for business?

There is an EV to suit every type of business from large courier companies to local bakeries, trades businesses and more. You can see a wide selection of the best EVs for UK businesses by using our Car Selector Tool for businesses and fleets.

How do electric vans and petrol vans compare?

You can compare fuel efficiency and performance of electric vans versus their petrol and diesel equivalents here. You will also be able to compare cost per journey for an electric van vs a petrol one.

Are there energy tariffs for electric car drivers?

There are a number of energy tariffs available specifically for electric car drivers and these could help you save even more money when charging your EV. For more information visit our dedicated EV tariffs page.

What are “Smart Tariffs”?

Smart Tariffs help deliver cost savings by providing EV owners with cheaper electricity at times when it is most convenient to charge their EV, for example overnight or in the early hours of the morning. Find out more here.

Can I save money when charging my electric vehicle?

Yes, you can save a significant amount when charging an EV versus filling up your car with petrol or diesel. Compare how much you could save on every journey and full charge with our intelligent charging tool.

What does it cost to charge my electric vehicle?

Work out more much it will cost and how long it will take to charge your EV using our home charging calculator.

How can I track my electricity usage when I charge my electric car?

Smart energy tariffs designed for EVs come with Smart Meters which can help you monitor electricity usage throughout your household. This will give highly accurate readings on exactly how much electricity you use when charging your EV and can help estimate costs. Find out more about the available tariffs here.

What insurance cover should I consider for my EV?

With green machines becoming ever more popular, there are more options for car insurance cover designed for pure electric vehicles. A good electric vehicle insurance policy might include recovery if you run out of charge, battery cover and home charger and cable cover. You can read more about insurance for electric vehicles here.