Any government grants to help me go electric?

Government help to buy an electric car 

The simple answer’s yes. If you live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, the government’s knocking £1,500 off the cost of any new electric car under £32k. But the manufacturer takes that money off automatically, so you won't find any saving on the showroom price.   

In Scotland they’re also doing interest free loans - there’s a 6-year loan up to £28k for a new car and a 5-year loan, up to £20k, for a used one. You can find out more about these loans on the Energy Saving Trust's website.

Grants to install a charge point 

On top of grants for buying your new electric car there’s a £350 grant for installing a charge point in a flat or rented accommodation. The installer will take that money off your bill.

And, just like with the purchase schemes, things are slightly different in Scotland. You can apply in advance for a £250 grant in Scotland and get the discount reimbursed when you have a home charge point installed. There’s good news if you live in remote parts of Scotland too as you’ll get an extra £100 off. 

If you don’t have your own drive, your local council can get 75% towards on-street public charge points. Some councils are all over this but yours might need a nudge. In Scotland, Transport Scotland covers the other 25% of the cost for on-street public charge points.


 

  

How much does it cost to buy an electric car?

For many of us, cost is one of the most important things when buying a car. So let’s tot up the figures and seeing how an electric car stacks up.
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