A number of financial incentives are available towards the cost of buying and running an electric vehicle, both for individuals and businesses.

There are several grants available, depending on where you live. You may be eligible for more than one type of grant. See more below for the opportunities currently on offer.

For individuals

Charging point in your home

If you have a driveway or other off-street parking area, the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) offers grants to install charging points at residential properties. 

The OLEV Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme provides up to 75% of the cost of a charging point at a domestic property.

Please note that the on-street grant referred to on the page is not currently available in Bristol.

Help with the upfront cost of a new plug-in vehicle

You can get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers.

Vehicles eligible for a grant are cars, motorcycles, mopeds, vans, taxis and large vans and trucks.

Cars can get a discount of up to £3,000.


For businesses

Charging points in your workplace

If you’re a business owner, or work for a charity or public sector organisation, you could be eligible for the OLEV Workplace Charging Scheme. This government scheme can provide up to £500 of funding towards the cost of every socket of each charging point installed.

There is a local authority business grant (available in some areas) for employers to install charging points for their employees and fleet vehicles to use. These need to be on private land, not the adopted highway. If you are interested in this, please contact the Business Engagement team.

Grant funds currently available in North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset only.

Help with the upfront cost of a new plug-in vehicle

You can get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers.

Vehicles eligible for a grant are cars, motorcycles, mopeds, vans, taxis and large vans and trucks.

Vans can get a discount of up to £8,000 and cars up to £3,000.


For taxis

Help with the upfront cost of a new plug-in vehicle

You can get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers.

Vehicles eligible for a grant include taxis and you can get a discount of up to £7,500.

Bristol subsidies

Taxi drivers in Bristol are being offered subsidies of more than £3,000 if they purchase electric and ultra-low emission vehicles. These subsidies have been made possible through funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

It is estimated that the scheme will produce more than a 20 per cent reduction in emissions across the whole taxi fleet in the city.

The package of incentives on offer includes five year subsidies to cover the costs for:

  • Licencing fees at £187 per year
  • Certificate of conformity fee at £50 per year
  • Permit to operate at Temple Meads station at £490 per year

For more information or to apply for the incentives, contact the council licencing team.