Check this page for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about electric vehicles and low-carbon driving.
Whether you're interested in specific models or want to know more about charging times, you'll find the answers here:
Current mainstream EV list prices range from £13,650 plus around £70 per month battery hire) to £30,000.
The higher outlay of an EV should be weighed against its very low running costs (i.e. large savings in fuel and servicing costs and other financial incentives such as zero vehicle tax). Most of Scotland’s public charge points will be free until at least 2014, so you could effectively run your EV for nothing till then.
- Receive funding towards the purchase of your car or van with a Plug-in Car Grant
- Get a free dedicated home charge point
- Access Scotland’s network of free public charge points
- Spend less on servicing – EVs have fewer moving parts so require less attention
- Enjoy very low running costs – as little as 2–3p per mile
Check with the vehicle manufacturer before purchase to confirm the charging requirements. A specialist home charge point will enable faster, safer charging. ChargePlace Scotland offers 100% funding for the purchase cost and installation, of a 7 Kw charge facility usually around £800. Find out how to apply for yours now.
Plug-in Hybrid EVs (PHEVs) take around 90–120 minutes to charge using a standard electricity supply, and Extended Range EVs (E-REVs) approximately four hours. PHEVs and E-REVs take less time to charge because of their smaller batteries.