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Frequently Asked Questions

What financial support is available for owning an electric car?

In addition to reduced fuel costs, as low as 2p per mile, there are a number of ways to receive financial support in the switch to electric and low-emission vehicles:

Support from the Government:

  • Plug-in car, van and motorcycle grants, are applied when purchasing a new vehicle, offering:
    • 35% of the cost of a car, up to a maximum of £2,500.
    • 20% of the cost of a motorcycle, up to a maximum of £1,500.
    • 20% of the cost of a moped, up to a maximum of £1,500.
    • 35% of the cost of a small van, up to a maximum of £3,000.
    • 35% of the cost of a small van, up to a maximum of £6,000.
    • 20% of the cost of a taxi, up to a maximum of £7,500.
    • 20% of the cost of a Truck, up to a maximum of £16,000 for the first 250 orders; then up to a maximum of £6,000.
  • Electric Vehicle Home charge Scheme (EVHS) offering:
    • Provides funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties across the UK, up to a maximum of £350.
  • Electric Vehicle Work charge Scheme (WCS) offering:
    • Support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. This grant offers 75% of purchase and installation costs, up to a maximum of £350 for each socket, up to a maximum of 40 across all sites for each applicant.
  • Vehicle Tax Rates:
    • £0 VED for electric and ultra-low emissions vehicles under £40,000.
    • 0% BIK tax rates for company vehicles.
  • London Congestion Charge :
    • Zero-emissions vehicles are eligible for a discount on the London congestion charge.

Support from Brighton & Hove Council:

  • Free parking for plug-in Vehicles:
    • Some locations for public charging within Brighton & Hove have free parking. You can see a complete list of these locations on our map of free parking for EVs in Brighton & Hove. Please note that conditions may apply: always check parking conditions and signage on arrival.
  • Resident Parking Permits:
    • Although there are no specific discounts encouraging zero-emissions vehicles in the city, Brighton & Hove Council do offer a 50% reduction in the price of Resident Parking Permits for vehicles with emissions lower than 110g/km, which of course electric vehicles are eligible for.

Article last updated on May 4th 2021.