Electric and Hybrid cars for business

With our first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in the SUPERB iV or our first fully electric vehicle in the CITIGOe iV, there has never been a better time to add ŠKODA to your fleet.

Adopting an ulta-low emission vehicle (ULEV), such as a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), may present some additional questions for businesses such as vehicle range, charging abilities and even compliance with fleet policy and budgets. To help, we've compiled some information to help answer those questions.

 

Plug-in car grant

Through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the UK government provides grants to support the initial purchase cost of eligible vehicles.

The Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) provides a subsidy up to a maximum of £3,500 off the list price of an eligible vehicle. In the past there was grant money available for many more hybrid vehicles, but crucially, since October 2018, only ‘category one’ vehicles are eligible for support:

  • Category one: CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles

Fully-electric, zero-emission vehicles like the ŠKODA CITIGOe iV are eligible to receive the grant, which is for 35% of the purchase price up to a maximum of £3,500.

 

Additional UK incentives

There are a number of National and Local incentives available in the UK to support the sale and usage of Electric vehicles:

  • The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides a £500 grant towards the cost of installing a smart charge point at home and an additional £300 support in Scotland.
  • The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV charge points.
  • Eligibility for London Congestion Charge discount. EVs and PHEVs emitting 75g/km CO2 or less with a minimum 20-mile zero-emissions range are eligible for a 100% discount on the London Congestion Charge (£11.50 per day) and the new T-Charge (£10 per day).
  • Local Council Incentives. Many local councils offer additional incentives for EV owners, such as reduced-cost residents’ parking permits and-or green vehicle permits that allow free parking in shopping bays and railway stations, access to bus lanes and even free electricity.

 

For more information on the incentives available, please visit www.GoUltraLow.co.uk 

Charging

The vast majority of EV charging is completed at home for current owners, however if this is not possible there are more and more public charging points being installed across the UK plus many businesses are now adding them to places of work. Nationally, there are now more charging points than fuel stations.

  • AC charging. Alternating current (AC) is used in standard UK plug sockets, which means everywhere has it. This makes it the most common way of charging your vehicle. AC charging offers speeds between 2.3kW to 22kW (22kW requires three phase power).
  • DC charging. Direct current (DC) provides higher speed charging and is often referred to as rapid charging. DC charging offers speeds over 10x the speed of the mains power you'll find at home and is available at many public charging points and workplaces.
  • Home charging. AC charging: usually with a wallbox, is convenient and inexpensive. Most plug-in electric vehicle drivers do more than 80% of their charging at home and drivers could be eligable to receive a grant towards the cost of installing a home charger.
  • Destination charging. AC and DC charging: ideally when the car is parked and the driver is at work, shopping, getting a haircut or having a coffee. Shopping centres, restaurants and cafes are increasingly offering free charging services.
  • Fast public charging. DC rapid charging: fast public charging is most often used for long-distance travelling and is capable of charging most compatible EV's to 80% within 30 minutes.
  • For longer journeys, there are already more than 15,000 chargers at more than 10,000 locations across the UK, with more being installed every week. Finding a charge point is made even easier with services like Zap-map.

Benefits for businesses and their drivers

  • Helping to improve your corporate social responsibility, EV’s are more eco-friendly than traditional combustion cars, lowering CO2 tail pipe emissions
  • Electric vehicles require less maintenance, and as such cost you less per mile. They consist of fewer parts that are subject to wear than vehicles equipped with internal combustion engines.
  • Our Lithium-ion batteries are almost 100% recyclable.
  • National Insurance Contribution (Class 1a) are reduced significantly, for example a BEV registered after 6th April 2020 will be 0% for 2020/21 and just 1% for 2021/22
  • All EVs are exempt from paying the London congestion charge - saving drivers up to £2,990 per year if they drive in every day.
  • Electricity is two thirds cheaper than petrol or diesel (2 to 3p per mile)
  • Zero Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) for electric vehicles costing less than £40,000.
  • Local benefits for drivers such as free parking or use of bus lanes.
  • Benefit in Kind (BiK) % rates for company car drivers are reduced significantly. A CiITIGOe iV registered after 6th April 2020 will be 0% for 2020/21 and SUPERB iV PHEV’s just 10% for 2020/21.

Get in touch

If there are any additional questions relating to running electric and hybrid cars in your business, please get in touch with one our team who will be more than happy to help.  

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