The government’s plug-in grant scheme is available to help drivers purchase electric vehicles. To receive the grant the vehicle you buy must be on the list of eligible models found on the government website
. When you buy your new vehicle, 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 your Hackney carriage to a low emission vehicle 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. The Nissan Dynamo, a 100% electric Hackney carriage, is due to be released in the coming months, and is expected to be eligible for the grant too.
If you are looking to upgrade your private hire vehicle to a low emission vehicle 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 your van, there are 10 models 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.
If you are looking to purchase an electric vehicle, the cheapest and most convenient way to charge it is at home and overnight. 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
- charge point providers will often look after the paperwork for you.Work charging
Funding is available to help employers pay for electric vehicle charge points through the Workplace Charging Scheme
. These could be put in company depots or car parks. The funding covers 75% of the cost of up to 20 charge points per company (capped at £500 per charge point).
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.