Driving you forward with grant schemes for electric vehicles

The Office for Low Emissions Vehicles is offering financial support to householders and businesses across the UK for the installation of electric vehicle chargepoints with two grant schemes that aim to encourage the take up of electric vehicle use.

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% (up to a maximum of £500) towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at households across the UK. The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. In both schemes the work must be carried out by an approved installer. Further information on how to apply can be found here.

As part of its commitment to support green transport, Watford Borough Council is working in partnership with E-Car Club to offer residents electric vehicles for hire from the town centre. Two electric Renault ZOE 40KwH hatchbacks are parked in the Watford Town Hall car park and a Nissan Leaf is parked at Avenue Car Park. They can be booked for an hour or several days at a time.

You can experience emission-free travel by booking an E-Car for £6.50 per hour and £60 per day with unlimited mileage, power and insurance included. The E-Car Club are promoting a special introductory offer which includes a reduced joining fee of only £25 (half price) with 2 hours of free driving time to try out the scheme. Use code WAT25 at

As well as the economic benefits of electric vehicles, the societal benefits are significant they help reduce harmful air pollution which can cause a range of health conditions in people of all ages. There are now more than 9,000 public electric car charging point locations in the UK. To find out more, including locations of charging points, please visit