The UK has moved up its goal of zero combustion-powered vehicle sales by 2032 (instead of 2035), in response to experts’ advice, if the country is to achieve its target of zero carbon emission by 2050.
Thus, the government is ramping up its incentives to encourage residents to purchase electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars. Residents can avail of professionals like Power-EV.co.uk to install home chargers to ensure their cars are fully charged before they leave.
UK Government Incentives
The UK government incentives come in several layers for national, local and regional areas.
- Car subsidies and tax incentives. People who wish to purchase electric cars can receive subsidies, according to the type of electric vehicle they want to own, from cars to vans, to motorcycles and trucks, as well as taxis. The range of subsidy is between 20 per cent and 35 per cent. The subsidy is automatically deducted from the price of the vehicle, which the car dealership will process. Moreover, a pure EV car owner whose car costs less than £40,000 is exempt from the annual road tax (vehicle excise duty).
- Local and regional incentives. To encourage more buyers, the Scottish government offers an interest-free loan of up to £35,000, payable in six years, while in Northern Ireland, the government provides a maximum of €3,800 grant if the EV is bought commercially and up to €5,000 if the car is bought privately. EV owners in London are likewise exempt from the Congestion Charge Scheme in the city until 2025. The UK government is also planning to issue green number plates to electric vehicles. The green plates will accord additional local benefits, such as access to areas cut-off from combustion-powered cars, use of bus lanes, and free parking.
- EV charging incentives. The UK continues to increase the number of EV charging points. According to the survey of Zap-Map, there are now 31,901 public connectors in 11,424 locations around the country. The government encourages homeowners to consider the installation of home chargers as well, and offers incentives to homeowners, offering up to a 75 per cent home charging incentive through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS). The grant, which has a maximum of £350, including VAT, is a big help, since the average cost of the EV charger is around £550, while the installation cost is about £400.
Guide for domestic electric car chargers
Here are some of the essential things you should know regarding electric car charging.
A home charging station or a wall box comes in slow (3kW) and faster (7kW and 22kW) models. A slow charger will charge your car in six to eight hours, while a fast charger cuts the charging time to about three to four hours.
The domestic slow charger has a three-pin plug, while a fast charger typically accepts the ‘Type 2’ seven-pin plug that is attached to your car’s charging cable.
Even with the OLEV grant, homeowners find it a hassle to purchase and install an EV charger in their homes. To address the issue, the UK government now requires all new homes to have an EV charger installed.
If you have encountered the recommendation to charge the car at 80 per cent, manufacturers say that it is to extend the life of your car battery. Further, the last 20 per cent takes longer to complete.
Take time to learn the things you show know to ensure that you can qualify to government grants and purchase the right home charger.