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Electric vehicles and charging points

Lots of Derbyshire residents are already benefitting from switching to an electric vehicle. 


Could you be next to reap the benefits? There are lots of positives for you and the environment.

We want to encourage more motorists to make the switch as part of our commitment to cutting carbon emissions and improving air quality in Derbyshire.

It's all part of our Climate and Carbon Reduction Manifesto to tackle climate change, reduce carbon emissions and waste and make the county cleaner and greener.

We’re working with partner organisations on a plan to install more electric vehicle charging points across the county over the next 10 years as part of our Low Emission Vehicles Infrastructure Strategy (LEVI). The strategy and action plan are attached to this page.

Switching to an electric vehicle is easy – so to make sure you're in the know, we've busted 10 common myths:

1. It's really expensive to switch to an electric vehicle

The price of an electric vehicle varies depending on which brand of car or van you choose. And like any new car they can be a big investment.

However, help is available from the government's plug-in car grant which gives you up to £3,500 off the ‘on the road’ price of a number of new, 100% electric cars and up to £8,000 off the price of a new 100% electric van.

Reduced fuel, tax and running costs all help to bring down the overall cost of choosing an electric or hybrid vehicle.

Electric vehicles have cheaper fuel costs because electricity is cheaper than petrol or diesel and they have lower maintenance costs too. It's estimated that the average servicing and maintenance costs for electric vehicles is 23% lower than petrol vehicles over a 3-year period or 60,000 miles.

Before you buy your vehicle, you'll need to think about where you're going to charge it.

Some manufacturers provide a home charge unit for free or at a discounted price with their vehicles.

And you could be eligible for a grant from the government of up to £500 towards the cost of the installation.

The most cost-effective way to charge your car or van is at home. Use Go Ultra Low’s home charging calculator to find out approximately how much it would cost you to charge your chosen vehicle and how long it will take to fully charge.

2. There are not many places to charge an electric vehicle

There are a number of public and private charging points across the county and more are being added all the time.

Use Zap Map to find your nearest charging point.

We're working in partnership with other agencies to identify sites for charging points and 40 will be installed in the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak by the end of May 2020. Read more about our installation of electric vehicle charging points.

If you have off-street parking you can install a charging point in your home. Just 'plug in' whenever your car is on your drive or in the garage.

You do not need planning permission to install a charge unit in your home.

3. Electric vehicles are not very reliable

Batteries are a major part of an electric vehicle but a battery in an electric vehicle is very different to the one you would find in your mobile phone for example. They do not deteriorate at the same rate as those used in a mobile or laptop.

4. You cannot drive very far in an electric vehicle

You can actually drive a lot further than you might think. The range of electric vehicles is improving all the time with some of the latest models able to drive more than 100 miles on a single charge and some considerably further.

All electric vehicles display live information about how much charge your vehicle has and how far you will be able travel.

5. It's not really beneficial to switch to an electric vehicle

There are lots of benefits including:

  • zero carbon emissions which is good news for climate change
  • they're quieter than a diesel or petrol engine so there's less noise pollution
  • less emissions means better air quality

6. You can only have 100% electric vehicles

As well as zero emission 100% electric vehicles (also known as pure electric vehicles) there are also plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), extended-range electric vehicles (E_REV) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs).

Plug-in hybrids

Plug-in hybrid vehicles are a mix of electric and petrol or diesel. They have a smaller battery than a 100% electric vehicle and will travel a shorter distance.

When the battery is empty the vehicle will continue its journey powered by its engine using petrol or diesel.

Extended-range electric vehicles

Extended-range electric vehicles have a plug-in battery pack and electric motor, as well as an internal combustion engine.

This differs from a plug-in hybrid because the electric motor always drives the wheels, with the internal combustion engine acting as a generator to recharge the battery when it starts to get low.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

This vehicle is powered by an electrochemical device similar to a battery. But unlike a battery it does not need recharging and will continue to generate power as long as it is fed with a supply of hydrogen.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are refuelled at a filling station in a similar way to vehicles with a petrol or diesel engine.

7. Taxing an electric vehicle is really expensive

Pure electric cars are exempt from paying Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). All cars that emit less than 75g/km CO2 will pay less road tax in the first year – another great reason to switch.

Use Go Ultra Low's car tax calculator to see how much you could save.

8. You cannot take your electric charging point with you if you move house

Yes you can! However, you'll need to get permission from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) first. Charges will apply for disconnecting and reinstalling your charging point at a new property.

9. Electric vehicles are not very popular

More than 1,700 Derbyshire residents are already benefitting from switching to an electric vehicle and from October 2017 to September 2018 the number of registered plug-in vehicles in Derbyshire increased by 69%.

At the beginning of 2019 there were 200,000 electric vehicles registered in the UK. And by 2025 this is expected to have increased to around one million.

10. Switching to an electric vehicle will not slow down climate change

Transport accounts for around a quarter of the UK's carbon emissions and is a key contributor to climate change.

Pure electric vehicles do not produce any greenhouse gas exhaust emissions when being driven and the emissions from plug-in hybrids are significantly lower than from a petrol or diesel car.

So switching to an electric vehicle makes it easier for drivers to reduce their carbon footprint and play a part in protecting the future of our planet.

Information for businesses

Many companies are installing charging points for their staff, meaning they can simply plug-in when they arrive using the cable supplied with their car. If your business is interested in installing charging points, it may be eligible for support through the Workplace Charging Scheme.