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Electric vehicles

A guide to electric vehicles

In 2011, there were just 2,500 electric vehicles on UK roads. There are now over 200,000, as increasing numbers of customers choose a greener alternative, and that number is predicted to rise to more than 35 million in the next 30 years.

If the UK is to drive down its carbon emissions, we need to reduce our usage of fossil fuels such as oil and gas for transport, which are a major contributor to emissions. In 2018, the government announced plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, which was brought forward to 2035 in 2020.

While many of our customers are now considering buying their first electric vehicle (EV), some are concerned about the cost, choice of model, range of travel and the availability of charging points. This part of our website aims to help you get to know all about EVs and EV charging.

Understanding EVs

An electric or ‘alternatively fuelled vehicle’ is any vehicle that doesn’t rely on a conventional petrol or diesel engine.

There are a number of different types of EVs available, most of which can be categorized as pure electric/plug in vehicles or hybrids. Hybrids combine battery power with a regular petrol or diesel engine.

For more help on choosing the right EV for you, visit Go Ultra Low.

Cost of EVs

The upfront purchase costs of EVs are generally more expensive than their traditional counterparts at the moment, but prices are already falling and it’s expected that the cost of an EV will become comparable or even cheaper than a conventional petrol or diesel car. In the long run, cheaper fuelling and maintenance costs will offset the purchase price and make it cheaper to own and operate an EV.

At present the majority of electric vehicles qualify for a government grant that will reduce the price by up to £3,500 for cars and £8,000 for vans. Find out more about plug-in grants.

Some car makers are offering trade-in incentives to encourage owners of older vehicles to trade them in for newer, cleaner models. Find out more about the latest schemes.

EVs for business

If you are a fleet manager you may want to consider changing your existing petrol/diesel vehicles to an electric alternative to take advantage of the current tax benefits and help your business reduce its carbon footprint.

Commercial EVs offer a number of benefits over conventional petrol and diesel fleet vehicles. As a UK business you could save thousands by switching to electric cars or vans thanks to government grants, significant fuel savings and vastly reduced repair and maintenance costs. By making the switch, you can also enhance the green credentials of your business and deliver on corporate responsibility pledges to cut carbon emissions.

If you are a fleet manager or business owner looking to change your commercial vehicles to EVs, try the Go Ultra Low fleet selector tool to help you find the right vehicle for your business.

  

Charging your electric vehicle

Understanding how and where you can charge your electric vehicle.

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Running costs and taxation

A look at the likely costs and taxation of running an electric vehicle.

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Commercial charge points

A guide to installing electric vehicle charge points at your business or in public places.

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Connecting a charge point

How to connect your charge point to the electricity network.

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Grants and tax benefits for business

How your business can benefit from changing your fleet to electric vehicles.

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Frequently asked questions

Some frequently asked questions about owning and charging an electric vehicle.

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