Low emission vehicles are exempt from the London congestion charges
Any vehicle that meets Euro 6 emissions standards (petrol and diesel) and emits no more than 75g/km of CO2 and has a minimum 20-mile range driving in zero-emission mode will qualify for exemption from the London Congestion Charge. But that’s soon to change, with more stringent regulations in favour of electric cars. From 25 October 2021, the exemption will only be given to battery electric vehicles. Considering it costs £15 a day without the exemption, that’s a saving of £5,460 over a year, if driving into London every day. Or £3,810 if driving into the capital five working days a week.
Workplace charging scheme
It’s not just at home that you can make savings. Electric car subsidies extend to the workplace with the possibility of claiming as much as £350 for an electric car charging station at a business. Known as the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS), it allows for a reduction in cost of both the purchase and installation of a new workplace electric charging station.Of course, it also helps employees and visitors save on fuel costs. This government scheme offered by OLEV allows businesses to claim up to 40 sockets, which could see 20 or 40 charging stations permitted, depending on whether they offer dual or single use.
On-street residential chargepoint scheme
While the OLEV Grant is available to those with off-street parking only, those with on-street parking may be interested to know of the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme. Also offered by OLEV, this government scheme provides up to £6,500 (or 75% of the cost) towards a chargepoint installation and is available to local authorities. Residents can make a request to their local authorities for an on-street chargepoint and associated dedicated parking bay.
Applying for the WCS is straightforward but must be done in advance of any installation. That’s because successful applicants receive a voucher code which you must present to an OLEV-approved installer within 120 days. Apply here.
Another electric car incentive in the UK is the Motability Scheme. This provides people with a disability an allowance toward a new electric car. Claiming the Motability Scheme is simple enough and is done by choosing an eligible vehicle, speaking to Motability Scheme specialists at your local car dealership and having them place your order.