An electric car offers benefits for car users.
Reduced running costs
Although electric vehicles are more expensive to buy, they have significantly lower running costs when compared to petrol or diesel equivalents.
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has calculated that depending on when and how an electric vehicle is charged it will cost 2-4p per mile. This compares to 10-14p per mile for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle. Therefore on average the fuel costs based on an annual mileage of 10,000 would be:
- petrol/diesel - £1,200 (based on 12p per mile)
- electric vehicle - £300 (based on 3p per mile)
No car tax
Electric vehicles have no tail pipe carbon emissions therefore they are exempt from car tax (also known as vehicle excise duty).
Exemptions from paying vehicle tax >
Sales and after care
Electric vehicles have very few moving parts therefore they require very little maintenance. This is a considerable cost saving, especially as cars get older.
Plug-in car grant
Please see the section 'Plug-in car and van grant' for further information.
Plug-in car and van grant >
Convenient charging - Home Charge Scheme
The most convenient way to charge your electric vehicle is at home. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are currently providing a grant for a homeplace charge point up to a value of £500 until funding is exhausted (July 2016). Further information on this grant is available by clicking on this link:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electric-vehicle-homecharge-scheme-guidance-for-customers-version-21
By charging overnight electric vehicle owners do not have to go anywhere to charge and can benefit from lower night time tariffs.
Ecar drivers will also be able to use the comprehensive public charging infrastructure that is now in place throughout Northern Ireland.