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Why buy an electric car?

One of the more fuel-efficient or alternative-fuelled vehicles on the market could cut your carbon emissions, fuel bills and vehicle tax. Plus the most eco-friendly cars don’t require vehicle tax at all.

A more fuel-efficient or an alternative-fuelled vehicle could cut your carbon emissions, fuel bills and vehicle tax. For zero-emission vehicles costing less than £40,000 new you won’t pay vehicle tax at all.

Whatever kind of car you go for, ask about fuel consumption before you buy, especially if you go for a used car. Or search for the most efficient makes and models. Alternatively, save your money and join your local car club instead.

Driving an electric vehicle has a positive impact on both the health and environment of Scotland, through reduced emissions. You can save on fuel costs and vehicle tax too. And with EV loans and grant support for charging facilities available in Scotland, it’s getting easier every day to go electric.

More people are choosing electric vehicles and the variety of models available from major manufacturers is increasing all the time, with great vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and the BMW i3.

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Financial benefits

  • Pay less when you buy an ultralow emission vehicle with a Plug-in Grant
  • Take out an interest free loan from the Scottish Government to help with financing your electric vehicle
  • Funding towards the cost of buying and installing a home charge point
  • Fully charge your electric car for between £2 and £4 (Source: Energy Saving Trust)
  • Use many of Scotland’s network of public charge points for free
  • Spend less time and money on servicing a car with fewer moving parts
  • Get from A to B for as little as 2-3p per mile in an electric vehicle (rather than 12-15p per mile for a petrol or diesel car)
  • Zero Vehicle Excise Duty for electric vehicles costing less than £40,000 new

Check out the range of grants and funding available

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Driver Case Studies

Carrie from Edinburgh drives an electric vehicle every day as a midwife:

Adrian enjoys the low cost of driving in his electric vehicle:

Electric car guide

We explain the difference between electric vehicles (EVs), extended-range EVs (EREVs), and hybrid cars (PHEVs), with details of costs and savings, including grants you can get towards the cost of plug-in cars. Video courtesy of the Energy Saving Trust.

Electric vehicles have proven their reliability in the more than 30 years they’ve been on UK roads. Your electric car should come with a similar warranty to any other car – and you can generally extend the usual three-year warranty to five for added peace of mind.

An increasing number of households across the country are choosing electric vehicles – see what E-cosse is doing to help increase uptake in Scotland.

Other benefits of battery power

  • A quiet, smooth drive
  • Deals easily with stop-start city traffic
  • Zero CO2 exhaust emissions
  • Option to rent rather than buy a battery – so it’s easier to replace
  • Clean, green driving thanks to Scotland’s growing renewable electricity generation

Benefits of Electrical Vehicles for Business

Support is available to Scottish businesses to adopt electric vehicles, through the Energy Saving Trust’s Sustainable Transport Advice Service. Get in touch to find out how electric vehicles could offer your business savings on fuel, vehicle excise duty and leasing costs, as well as being great news for the Scottish environment. For more information, visit the Energy Saving Trust.

Electric vehicles in Scotland

Transport Scotland, working closely with partners from across the electric vehicle community, has developed Scotland’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap.

The Roadmap sets out a vision for Scotland’s electric vehicle future – that by 2050 Scotland’s towns, cities and communities will be free from the damaging effects of petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles. Electric vehicles will not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change, but also help improve local air quality and therefore public health and wellbeing.

Government investment is helping to make electric vehicles more accessible to the Scottish public and Scottish businesses. This investment includes funding and grants to help towards purchase of electric vehicles and increasing the number of recharging points in homes, at workplaces and on Scotland’s roads.

Electric vehicles also have the potential to help energise Scotland’s economy through opportunities for our flourishing green technology industries. To find out more about the future of electric vehicles in Scotland, visit Transport Scotland to read the full Roadmap document.

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