Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are now being viewed as a realistic and cost-efficient purchase for many organisations in Scotland as the technology has come on massively since the early models. Whilst there can be an additional upfront cost this should be weighed against the many financial incentives in place to consider going electric:

  • Lower fuel costs – the average EV will cost around 2-3p/mile in electricity, at least a fifth of the average conventional vehicle fuel cost.
  • Low company car tax (or associated Employer National Insurance Contributions).
  • Free electricity when charging through Scotland’s Plugged-in Places network.
  • No Vehicle Excise Duty.
  • 100 per cent First Year Allowance for any EV purchase – meaning organisations can offset the whole cost of purchase against taxable profits in the first year.

The UK Government currently offers a grant to fund 35% of the purchase price of an electric car up to a maximum of £4,500. There are also grants available for electric vans which fund 20% of the purchase price up to a maximum of £8,000. The grant funding is applied directly at dealerships and more information on the grant and which EVs are eligible can be found on the Office for Low Emission Vehicles website.

For further information as to how EVs can benefit your organisation, please contact your local specialist transport advisor on 0800 0931 669 for bespoke advice on what EV may suit your needs.

When talking about electric vehicles, it’s important to consider the different types of technology available:

Pure EV

A vehicle powered solely by a battery charged from mains electricity. Currently typical pure-electric cars have a range of approximately 80-100 miles. As with conventional motoring, driving style, speed and air conditioning/heating use can reduce the range available. Current models include Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Renault Zoe and Kia Soul. Costs of the vehicles are coming down and some models are available from as low as £13,000.

PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid EV)

A vehicle with a plug-in battery and an internal combustion engine (ICE) powered by petrol or diesel. Typical PHEVs will have a pure-electric range of up to 30 miles. After the pure-electric range is utilised, the vehicle reverts to the benefits of full hybrid capability using both battery power and the engine. So the benefit of these vehicles are that once the electric battery is depleted, journeys can still continue in hybrid mode.The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Audi e-tron and VW Golf GTE are all current examples of such technology.

E-REV (Extended Range EV)

These are a version of plug-in hybrids, with the vehicle powered by a battery with a petrol or diesel powered generator on board. With an E-REV the propulsion technology is always electric and range can be between 150-300 miles. The Vauxhall Ampera and BMW i3 (with optional range-extender) are two such examples.

Best practice guide

Our report can help your business understand how EVs can benefit your business.  To find out more access the report here.


Read about how to charge your vehicle using the ChargePlace Scotland public charging network here.