Government Commitments, Grants and Grant Eligibility

Government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by: 80% by 2050

Government grants towards new domestic electric vehicles: £5000

Government grants towards new electric light commercial vehicles: up to £8000

Government grant criteria:

  • Only eligible for new cars, (including pre registration conversions).
  • Tailpipe vehicle emissions must be 75 GC02/KM or less.
  • EV’s must have a range of 70+ miles.
  • Plug-in hybrids (PHEVS) must have an electric range of at least 10 miles.
  • Vehicles must be able to reach a speed of at least 60mph.

Cost of Charging an EV Compared to Petrol/ Diesel Vehicle

  • Average UK diesel cost            =     £6.53 (as outlined by the daily mail at 01/06/2011)
  • Average EV range            =      75 miles (EPA average range, verified by Evergreen)
  • EV Electricity usage            =      24 KWhs (measured by evergreen)
  • Electricity costs                        =       £0.10/KWh (bulk purchase estimate)
  • Equivalent MPG             =     204MPG

 Additional Cost Benefits of Utilising an EV

  • No Road or Company Car Tax.
  • No congestion charges in congestion zones

Advantage of overnight charging on cheaper energy tariffs (products available from your electricity provider). For the time being, electric vehicles are a little more expensive to buy than conventional petrol/diesel cars but much cheaper to run.

However the cost of electric cars is already coming down considerably with Renault launching the new electric Zoe, costing only £13,600 after the government grant of £5000.  With new models being launched all the time. BMW launch their new range later this year .

  • Government think-tanks and automobile industry experts estimate that over 10 million passenger and 1 million commercial EV’s will be sold over the next 15 yrs in the UK.
  • New legislation has decreed that emission free commercial vehicles entering the congestion zones in London will be exempt from charges whereas any conventional fuelled commercial vehicles will pay a £150 per day tax, and it is widely anticipated that this scheme will be rolled out into all major cities.
  • In effect all light commercial vehicles will be subject to these heavy tax penalties.
  • The British government  has committed to meeting worldwide climate change targets that require a minimum of 1.7 million EV’s to be in service over the next 5yrs.
  • The British government has committed to reducing conventional fuel demand by 80% and car emissions by 75% saving the country in excess of 15 billion per annum in fuel costs by 2030.
  • A recent WWF report calls for further government incentives to bring down the price of EV’s, as well as the rollout of a national charging infrastructure that would change public perceptions on electric vehicles.

It is believed that electric bikes and scooters will be sold in the tens of millions over the next 15 yrs as part of the governments push to reduce:

  • carbon emissions,
  • fuel import costs
  • and the reliance on foreign national fuel suppliers