Tempted to go for a more environmentally friendly electric vehicle but scared of the not so friendly price tag? Well, the government has a range of grants that can help you offset the cost, and help you begin your journey to a greener lifestyle.

Types of grants available

Each government grant covers slightly different aspects of owning an electric vehicle, from its charging port, all the way to the vehicle itself. There’s also support out there for landlords, businesses, and local authorities. So, all of the grants are there to help you transition over to an electric vehicle, without it burning a hole in your pocket.

The Plug-in Car Grant (PICG)

The PICG is a scheme that was brought in to give a discount on new low-emissions vehicles. The grant is given to car manufacturers and dealerships so they can reduce the price of the vehicles for their customers. The scheme doesn’t just cover cars – it also covers mopeds, motorbikes, and vans Footnote [1].

You can find out more about the types of vehicle covered by this grant on the gov.uk website.

EV Chargepoint Grant 

This grant is designed to reduce the cost of installing a home charge point for electric vehicles (EV). It’s available to people who own or rent their homes if they meet certain criteria, and it provides either £350 off or 75% off the cost to buy and install a socket – whichever amount is lower Footnote [1].

Find out more about applying for the EV Charge Point Grant at gov.uk.

EV infrastructure grant

Like the grant above, the EV infrastructure grant was set up to cover some of the costs of installing EV chargepoints. The difference is that the infrastructure grant is aimed at landlords and offers funds to help install multiple charging sockets and to support any building work needed for the installations Footnote [1].

Find out more about applying for the EV infrastructure grant at gov.uk.

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