Electric Vehicles

Electric or plug-in vehicles come in all shapes and sizes with a wide array of technologies.

View the Energy Savings trust best practice guide on plug-in vehicles and electric car video guide for an explanation of the different types of electric vehicles and to help you understand how the different fuel technologies can work for you.

Plug-in cars offer a number of potential savings and benefits compared to conventional vehicles:

  • a full charge will cost around £2 to £3 and will give a typical range of 100 miles. Driving 100 miles in a petrol or diesel car will cost around £9 to £13 in fuel, That is around four times the cost of the electric car. The cost savings will be greatest when owners have access to an overnight low rate electricity tariff.
  • plug-in vehicles are currently exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax).
  • there are fewer mechanical components than conventional vehicles so servicing costs are likely to be lower and we anticipate that maintenance costs will be lower too.
  • No emissions when driving – therefore improving air quality for you, your family and the local community.

Charge points

Charging infrastructure is growing across Dorset and the rest of the UK. There are several charge point maps available that detail charge point locations:

Zap-Map

The Chargingpoint.com

National Chargepoint Registry

Electric vehicle users can receive funding from OLEV to install a home charger for their plug-in vehicle. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme provides a grant of up to 75 per cent of the eligible costs of chargepoint installation (capped at £500, inc VAT) for the registered keeper, lessee or nominated primary user of an electric vehicle. Find out more about eligibility criteria and a list of approved installers.