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Click here to find out about our model-specific Ecodriving videos for electric vehicles

How does the ecodriving scheme work?

Ecodriving training suppliers can claim a subsidy of £25 (inc VAT) per person trained, provided that the training that meets Energy Saving Trust’s requirements (see Appendix 1 of the scheme terms and conditions for details). 

A higher level of subsidy is currently available for training using pure electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. 

The subsidy can be claimed for:

  • courses dedicated to ecodriving training (minimum 1 hour per driver)
  • longer duration courses that lead on safety and incorporate Energy Saving Trust’s ecodriving requirements.

The subsidy is available to the entity that sells the training to the client.  Usually this means the training company, rather than the individual driving trainer, except when a freelance trainer sells training directly to a client. 

Training providers are entirely free to set the prices they charge their customers.

 

How do I get my training approved? 

Training suppliers should either:

  • submit a summary of each course they wish to claim a subsidy for, to demonstrate how it will incorporate Energy Saving Trust’s ecodriving requirements. 

or:

  • confirm by email that the course they wish to claim a subsidy for will directly follow the training format described in Appendix 1.

All training must be delivered by DVSA registered fleet trainers who have attended one of our ecodriving train-the-trainer courses. These courses consist of around two and a half hours of classroom training, plus two hours of on-the-road training. They promote the use of simple, well-proven techniques such as greater anticipation and early gear changes to reduce fuel consumption.

Training suppliers must sign and return a copy of the ecodriving scheme terms and conditions to Energy Saving Trust.  Once approved, a training supplier becomes eligible to use the ecodriving scheme logo to promote their ecodriving training.

 

How do I participate in the scheme? 

Participating in the scheme is simple:

  • Sign and return the ecodriving scheme terms and conditions.
  • Submit a summary of the course or courses you would like to claim subsidies for, demonstrating how your course(s) meet our requirements.  Alternatively confirm to us in writing that your training will follow the standard format shown in Appendix 1.
  • As long as your DVSA approved fleet trainers have attended one of our training courses, then you can email us to request an allocation of funding. We will reply to confirm the allocation.
  • At the end of each month, you submit your invoice and evidence of training, which includes two MPG results per driver.
  • The subsidy payment, funded by the Department for Transport, is £25 (inc VAT) per person trained.  A maximum of eight drivers may be trained, per trainer, per day. Most of our suppliers incorporate our requirements into longer training e.g. half day. This model has been used to train more than 70,000 drivers.

Useful Information

The following materials are available free of charge for approved ecodriving suppliers:

  • Energy Saving Trust ecodriving logo, which suppliers can add to their own promotional material in accordance with our ecodriving logo guidelines.  If you are an approved supplier and don’t already have a copy of the logo, you can request this from ecodriving@est.org.uk.
  • Energy Saving Trust's online certificate generator, which suppliers can use to create PDF certificates for their drivers.  The certificates include calculations of a driver’s potential annual savings, based on their annual mileage and reduction of fuel consumption on the day of training. 

If you’re an approved supplier and don’t already have your log-in and password to use this site please contact ecodriving@est.org.uk

You can see an example certificate here.

 

Model-specific Ecodriving videos for electric vehicles

Produced by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Department for Transport, these ecodriving videos are aimed at ecodriving driving trainers who are instructing others on how to drive electric vehicles. The list of videos will be growing soon, so if your vehicle has not been covered yet you can follow our YouTube account to keep up to date.

Tesla Model S 85           Renault ZOE           Hyundai KONA           Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid     

Nissan Leaf First Generation      Nissan Leaf Second Generation      BMW i3      Jaguar I-PACE

 

Terms and conditions

Energy Saving Trust Ecodriving Scheme Terms and Conditions 2019-20 - including Appendices

Energy Saving Trust Ecodriving Terms and Conditions Appendix 1 - Format of Training & Key Messages, Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles

Energy Saving Trust Ecodriving Terms and Conditions Appendix 2 - Format of Training & Key Messages, Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Energy Saving Trust Ecodriving Programme Appendix 3 - Spreadsheet for Recording Training Results, Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles

Energy Saving Trust Ecodriving Programme Appendix 4 - Spreadsheet for Recording Training Results, Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

EST Ecodriving Scheme Appendix 5 - GRPR Compliance

EST Ecodriving Scheme Appendix 6 - Client Confirmation Pro Forma Email

Next steps

Contact us for more information

To book a place on a 'train-the-trainer' course or to discuss the scheme, email Bob Saynor on ecodriving@est.org.uk or call 020 7222 0101.

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