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Electric Vehicles

Government grants for electric drivers

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 your Vauxhall Retailer will do all the grant paperwork for you.

To qualify for a grant, cars must have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission 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.

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Help for electric workspaces

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 cost of installing electric charge points. To qualify, there must be dedicated off-street parking for staff.

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Pay less tax

Choose a low-emission vehicle and you’ll save on tax. All 100% electric cars (costing under £40,000) pay £0 car tax, while 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 or less is just 16% for 2019/20.

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Lower local charges

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 Residents’ Parking permits, access to bus lanes and even free electricity. Check with your local council to find out more.

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Your range on the road

Work, school, supermarket. Most of us drive short distances in the UK. In fact, most car journeys each day are less than 15 miles. So electric vehicles are a perfect option for lots of people. The new Corsa-e gives you an impressive 205 miles (WLTP)  range without recharging in the normal driving mode. Drive in Eco mode and you can go up to 40% further. The new sporty Grandland X Hybrid4 travels up to 35 miles  in pure electric mode.

Charging choice

There are three ways to charge.

  1. Use a normal household socket
  2. Use a wallbox - the simplest and quickest way to charge at home
  3. Plug-in to one of almost 20,000 chargepoint connectors at 7,000 locations around the UK.

Charge at home

There are two ways to charge your vehicle at home. You can either plug-in to a normal household socket or you can use a wallbox. This special unit is the quickest and simplest way to charge at home. Just plug-in, switch on and er…that’s it. 

Wallboxes are weatherproof and have overload protection circuitry built-in. So they’re completely safe. They also switch off when your car is fully charged. If you use an approved installer and have off-street parking, you could get a Government grant of up to £500 towards installation costs. And the installation company will do all the paperwork for you. No worries.

Driving experience

The electric feeling

So smooth. So quiet. So much fun to drive. Feel the surge of acceleration from the instant torque. Another good feeling is zero emissions of the all-electric Corsa-e and its range of 205 miles in normal driving mode. And electric means low running costs, too.

 

 

Charging made easy

Powering up

Charge at home using a normal household socket. Or use a special wallbox (you could get a Government grant of up to £500 towards installation).

Charge on the go at one of almost 20,000 UK chargepoint connectors.  Some will be rapid chargepoints, which will boost your vehicle up to 80% in around 30 minutes. And wherever you power up, you might be surprised how much you save.

All you need to know about EVs

 

               

          

 

All-new Corsa-e

Grandland X Hybrid4

Vehicle Type Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
CO2 from 0g/km* from 34g/km*
Electric Range 205 miles 35 miles
Combined fuel consumption - 204mpg
Battery 50kWh lithium-ion 13.2kWh lithium-ion
Power output 136hp 300hp (Combined power of petrol and 2 electric motors)
Driving modes Normal, Eco & Sport Electric, Hybrid, AWD & Sport
Charging Rapid charge to 80% in 30 minutes Under 2 hours with a 7.4kW wallbox

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