Electric vehicles (EVs) are on the increase in Scotland and it’s often businesses that are spotting opportunities to save money and reduce emissions by switching to electric.
For bespoke, free advice on which EV may suit your needs, contact a specialist transport advisor on 0800 0931 669 or email email@example.com
*Only businesses not taking advantage of the UK Plug-in Grants are eligible for FYA
ChargePlace Scotland is a growing national network of public charge points for electric vehicles (EVs).
A swipe card or smart phone app is required to access charge points. To obtain a swipe card (at a cost of £20 a year), or to download the free app, visit the ChargePlace Scotland website. Registering requires a credit card but the majority of charge points in Scotland are currently free to use. This website also features a dedicated map of charge points, detailing their location, type, status and live availability.
A Type 2 charging lead is required to connect to all public charge points except rapid chargers – as these have tethered leads. Make sure you check that your chosen charging lead is compatible with your vehicle before purchasing.
The majority of public charge points will fully charge most EVs in 4-8 hours. Rapid chargers can charge most EVs from 0 to 80% in 20-30 minutes. Please note that not all EVs can use rapid chargers – for more information, please read this list of compatible vehicles.
Grant Funding for Workplace Electric Vehicle Charge Point Installations
In order to support the uptake of electric vehicles across Scotland, the Scottish Government has made grant funding available to help organisations to install electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure on their premises. Organisations may be eligible for grant support if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Currently operate EVs, or have firm plans to introduce EVs in the near future
• Employ staff who drive EVs and would benefit from charging at work
• Can make a charge point publically accessible
• Located at a key strategic position for charging infrastructure
• Operate a large car park (50+ bays)
A vehicle powered solely by a battery charged from mains electricity. Older electric cars had a typical range of 80 miles and are widely available on the second-hand market. Newer models can achieve twice this range, on the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) cycle, and some can even go beyond 200 miles on a single charge. 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 Hyundai Ioniq.
A vehicle with a plug-in battery and an internal combustion engine powered by petrol or diesel. Typical PHEVs will have a pure-electric range of up to 30 miles. The benefit of these vehicles is that once the electric battery is depleted, journeys can still continue in hybrid mode. This gives a range in excess of 300 miles. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Audi e-tron and VW Golf GTE are all current examples of such technology.
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 BMW i3 (with optional range-extender) is an example of an E-REV. However, as of December 2018, all new i3 models will be fully electric.
Read our guide to ultra low emission vehicles to better understand how EVs can benefit your business.
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