The UK government is committed to helping people and businesses embrace electric driving technology. There are grants and incentives for your car, your home charging point and even your business to help you make the switch.
Road Tax (VED) savings
Fully electric cars are currently exempt from paying VED. Plug-in hybrids (less than 51/km of CO2) are currently exempt from paying first year VED. Plug-in hybrids pay a reduced rate for subsequent years. (Correct as of the in the 21/22 tax year).
Home grant (£350 towards the installation of a home wall box)
may be eligible to receive a contribution towards the cost and
installation (up to a maximum of £350) of a home wall box with the
government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)². To qualify, you
must for example, under the current terms:
• Use an OZEV-approved wall box and installer, like Pod point
• Own the vehicle for minimum of 6 months
• Have bought an Office for Zero Emission Vehicles OZEV
Approved fully electric or plug-in hybrid car after 1st September 2014. For the latest information about eligible Audi vehicles please speak to your local centre.
• Have off-street parking available at home.
• Use an OZEV-approved installer, like Pod Point.
Installing a wall box
Our recommended wall box supplier, Pod Point, are OZEV-approved, and can help you choose a home wall box unit. They will manage the process of applying for a government grant on your behalf.
Scottish incentive (£300 additional funding towards a home wall box)
For addresses in Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust is currently offering up to £300 further funding, on top of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. Eligible customers will need to complete a short application form and provide documentation before the installation is carried out. Further information as well as T&Cs and eligibility criteria can be found on the Energy Savings Trust website.
Tax breaks on the cost of electric
Businesses buying electric vehicles can write down 100% of the purchase price against their corporation tax liability.
Lower Benefit In Kind
Company Car Drivers receive lower Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax on plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles. This is currently set at 1% in 21/22 tax year and then 2% in 22/23.
BIK exemption on charging at work
Drivers of electric vehicles will not incur a BIK charge for the electricity used at work to charge their car.
1 A £2,500 Plug-In Vehicle Grant is a grant currently offered by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to eligible manufacturers to promote the purchase of zero emission vehicles. Grant eligibility is based on the recommended retail price (RRP) including delivery charges, administration fees and selected options (affecting battery capacity, drive train configuration or maximum net power) and excluding discounts. No grant is available for vehicles costing £35,000 RRP or more. Your Audi centre will submit the details of your order online in order to claim the grant funding, if applicable. The grant is subject to full T&Cs and eligibility requirements. To find out more contact your Audi Centre or visit https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants. The OZEV grants are subject to full terms and conditions and eligibility criteria. Vehicle eligibility and grant figure correct as at March 2021. UK sales only (excludes Channels Islands and Isle of Man). Grant scheme may be withdrawn and eligibility/amounts may change at any time without prior notice.
2 In February 2021 the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) announced that the Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme (EVHS) would continue in its current form until March 2022. The EVHS scheme offers a 75% contribution (capped at £350) towards the installations cost for an eligible home charge unit. For the Workplace Charging Scheme ( WCS) , businesses, charities and public authorities can claim a grant of up to £350 per charging socket (capped at 40 sockets per business). The Government grants are subject to full terms and conditions and eligibility may be revised or withdrawn at any time without prior notice. This information is correct as of February 2021. UK sales only (excludes Channel Islands and Isle of Man).