Ready to switch to an electric vehicle?
What are electric vehicles?
The simple answer is that they are vehicles that run on electricity rather than petrol or diesel. You can currently get fully electric vehicles as well as part electric vehicles, that can do short journeys using electricity and then use petrol or diesel for longer ones. They run silent and, as an extra bonus, there's no clutch or gears so they're ideal for city driving.
There are two main types of electric vehicles:
Battery-electric vehicles (BEV).
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).
More on the types of electric vehicle.
The advantages of electric vehicles.
Still trying to decide if an electric car is right for you? Here are some of the benefits of making the switch:
Zero emissions when driving.
You can charge them at home.
May be eligible for Government support for purchasing one.
Qualify for the cleaner vehicle discount.
Get support buying your electric vehicle.
Found your perfect electric car but not sure you can afford it? The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) can provide grants to reduce the costs of plug-in vehicles and electric charging points.
Their electric vehicle grants include support for cars, vans, motorcycles and moped and the grant is automatically deducted from the retail price when the vehicle is purchased. So no extra paperwork.
You can also get grants of up to £350 towards the cost of installing an EV charger at your home.
To make things easier, E.ON will even apply for the grant on your behalf.