Electric Vehicles (updated August 2017)
Electric cars are now becoming a realistic option for many people, even in relatively remote areas of the highlands! With range varying from 100 to 350+ miles on a single charge there is now a car to suit every lifestyle, though prices are still too high for many.
Prices will come down though, and while the technology is advancing there are some great incentives available to help you purchase a new electric vehicle.
Would you like an interest free loan? Transport Scotland currently offers drivers in Scotland a loan of up to £35,000 to cover the purchase cost of a new plug-in electric vehicle.
This loan is available for both pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The repayment period can be spread out over 6 years and does not cover the purchase of second hand vehicles. The closing date for applications is March 2019 and more details can be found here.
This is in addition to the electric car grant of £3500, though be aware than many quoted prices will already have this taken into account.
Domestic charge point grants
Funding is available for domestic charge points to all electric vehicle users in Scotland, these points can be 3 times more powerful than a standard plug socket an so will charge your car much faster.
Public charge points
If you are considering purchasing an electric car, you will find a charge point map here. This will show all currently active public charge points in Scotland along with relevant information. there are a lot of them around, and there are few places you can’t get to these days, even with a relatively basic electric car.
If you would like further information on electric cars, get in touch with Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282