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The Government has ambitious plans for achieving a target of net zero by 2050. The transport sector will pay a huge role in decarbonising the UK. To support these goals, the Government offers a range of grants covering electric vehicle purchase, electric vehicle charging facilities purchase & installation, as well as reduced tax rates for owning and driving low & zero emission vehicles.
The home charge point grant scheme has remained open to homeowners who live in flats, and people in rented accommodation.
Click to find out if you qualify for a grant to install:
Whether you are a large organisation looking to switch your fleet to electric, a taxi driver looking to reduce vehicle running costs, a SME looking to reduce your carbon footprint with company cars, or an EV driver looking to install EV charging at your home, the first step is to find an authorised installer who will help you find the right EV charging solution for your needs.
OZEV publish a list of authorised installers to help you make that choice. Click to view a list of authorised installers for:
Take a look at our recommended charge point installers on our website:
Don't forget to order your EV charging leads to make sure you can always connect your vehicle for reliable, fast charging.
A salary sacrifice arrangement is an agreement to reduce an employee’s entitlement to cash pay, usually in return for a non-cash benefit.
An employer, can set up a salary sacrifice arrangement by changing the terms of the employee’s employment contract. The employee needs to agree to this change.
An electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme enables an employee pay for an electric car each month using their gross salary – that's before tax and other contributions are deducted.
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Most electric vehicles are charged at home or for fleet vehicles at a return to base depot. But for longer journeys or for EV drivers that don't have off-street parking and charging facilities, a public charger is required.
Most of the UK EV charging networks provide a downloadable App to enable drivers to locate, and in some circumstances use their chargers, and we are now seeing new companies provide services to enable drivers to search for the nearest EV charger using a range of filters, such as charging speed, location, etc. across multiple charging networks.
One of the most popular is Zap-Map, which provides a UK-wide map of charge points with real-time data showing availability and status.
One of the most popular places to charge your EV is at the supermarket while you shop - Tesco, Morrisons, Asda & Lidl have the most charge points at their stores, with a roll out of Waitrose electric car charging promised by 2025.
Charging your EV at home is usually the most cost effective way to pay for your EV fuel. Depending on your mileage, this will have an impact on your monthly electricity bill.
Now energy providers are offering a range of tariffs to help you get the most out owning and running an EV. Some also offer energy produced only from renewable sources such as wind & power.
Click to view Energy Providers offering EV tariffs.
Want to drive your EV outside the UK? Well the good news is that there are plenty of charging facilities - just under 200,000 across Europe with the highest concentration in our closest neighbours, The Netherlands, Germany & France.
Is my vehicle compatible? The European Standard for AC charging is Type 2, which is the same socket found in all UK AC chargers, and for rapid charging, you will find CCS connectors at most of the public chargers.
Using this network of chargers means doing a bit of homework before you set off to make sure you can access the chargers, but using an App such as Chargemap or Plugsurfing can help you find chargers and enable access.
Switching to driving an electric vehicle takes more than a change of fuel type. It's a whole different way of using and living with your chosen model.
With an ICE you needed to make sure it had sufficent fuel for your journey, and if not, you had to drive to a dedicated fuelling centre in order to fill it up.
An EV forms part of your day, when you go to the supermarket - plug-in while you shop, when you go out to dinner, park at a charger, instead of going out for fuel, with an EV you can fuel whereever you go!