The government’s plug-in grant scheme is available to help fleet operators purchase electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. To receive the grant the vehicles you buy must be on a list of eligible models found on the government website
. When you buy the new vehicles, the dealership will complete all of the grant-related paperwork on your behalf which means you don’t need to do anything. Taxis
If you are looking to upgrade the Hackney carriages in your fleet to low emission vehicles the only option currently on the market is the LEVC TX5. This vehicle is eligible for a plug-in grant worth 20% of the purchase price, up to £7,500.
If you are looking to upgrade the private hire vehicles in your fleet to low emission vehicles there are a number of options available. Many of these are electric cars eligible for the plug-in grant. The grant will cover 35% of the purchase price up to a maximum of £3,500. A full list of cars eligible for this support can be viewed here
If you are upgrading the vans in your fleet there are 10 models that are currently eligible for the government’s plug-in grant and this is likely to grow. The grant will cover 20% of the purchase price of your chosen van, up to a maximum of £8,000. The eligible vans include small and large car-derived vans, standard panel vans and large panel vans – these can be viewed here
As well as offering purchase grants, the government is planning a reform of the vehicle excise duty scheme for vans to incentivise low emission models. The rates will be updated and based on a combination of vehicle weight and CO2 emissions. These new rules and tax rates will be introduced in April 2021. HGVs and coaches
The plug-in van grant was extended in 2016 and can now provide funding for trucks however there are not any HGVs registered under the scheme yet.
The Government has allocated Birmingham City Council £38 million from the Clean Air Fund to pay for a support package that will help businesses and individuals likely to be impacted by the introduction of a CAZ. The support package will include:
- £10.84 million to provide mobility support for individuals working with the Clean Air Zone (of which at least 50 per cent must be used for a scrappage scheme);
- £5 million for a Hackney carriage support package;
- £2.75 million for a council-run Hackney carriage leasing scheme;
- £7 million for a private hire vehicle upgrade package;
- £10.05 million for an HGV and coach compliance fund;
- £0.35 million for supporting engagement and awareness activity.
If drivers in your fleet park their vehicles at home, the cheapest and most convenient way they could charge an electric vehicle is overnight with a domestic charge point. This makes use of the cheaper off-peak electricity offered by energy providers.
A domestic charge point typically costs around £1,000 to install. £500 of government grant funding can be applied for to help cover these costs through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
If your fleet has a centralised depot or car park, this would be an ideal place to install charge points and you could receive funding to help pay for these through the Workplace Charging Scheme
. The funding covers 75% of the cost of up to 20 charge points per company (capped at £500 per charge point).