Vauxhall is powering ahead to become a leader in creating vehicles that are more environmentally-friendly and offer reduced CO2 emissions for a cleaner and more sustainable mobility option that’s available to everyone.
The average car journey in the UK is around seven miles**, so electric driving offers an eco-friendly option, which works for you and helps the environment. That’s why we’re launching four electrified vehicles by 2020. And why we will be expanding our whole model range to offer an electrified option by 2024 - either as a pure battery-driven vehicle or as a plug-in hybrid. They’ll be part of a range that also includes further-improved low-emission internal combustion engines.
The government wants to help us switch to electric vehicles. So they've put together a package of grants for drivers. For starters, you could get up to £3,500 off a 100% electric car. And we will do all the grant paperwork for you.
To qualify for a grant, cars must have a CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emissions range of at least 70 miles. More good news, you could get a grant of up to £500 towards installing an authorised home charging unit. It's the quickest and safest way to charge your vehicle.
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) offers help to eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. They could receive up to £500 per socket towards the costs of installing electric charge points. To qualify, there must be dedicated off-street parking for staff.
Choose a low-emission vehicle and you'll save on tax. All 100% electric cars (costing under £40,000) and pay £0 car tax, whilst plug-in hybrids get a £10 discount. Zero emission vehicles, and all cars registered before 1st April 2017 that emit less than 100g CO2/km, also pay no car tax.
There are other tax savings, too. Recharge a plug-in vehicle at home and you'll only pay 5% VAT on your electricity. Compare that to 20% on road fuels. And company car drivers also get a break. The 'Benefit in Kind' (BiK) rate for electric vehicles emitting 50g/km of CO2 of less is just 13% for 2018/2019. (It's a whipping 24% for a diesel car emitting 100g/km of CO2.
Low or zero emission electric vehicles pay less in Clean Air Zones in the UK and the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London.
Many local councils also offer electric drivers free parking, reduced Resident Parking permits, access to bus lanes and even free electricity. Check with your local council to find out more.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) give you flexibility as they have both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. So you can either recharge by plugging in to home or public socket, or fill up with petrol or diesel.
They combine the advantages of an electric vehicle for short, every-day drive with those of an internal combustion engine for longer journey.
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are 100% electric. As there is no internal combustion engine, they don’t produce any exhaust emissions. They are driven by an electric motor, powered by a battery you plug in to the mains.