Is it time to go electric?

Plug-in and power up

Trading up to an
electric car

Swapping your car for an electric car can really drive down your motoring costs.

Electric vehicle is increasingly seen as a viable, cost-effective alternative to gas and diesel engines. And with even more vehicle charging points on the way, this really is a great time to be an electric car driver in Gloucestershire. We've installed 12 electric vehicle charging points in Cheltenham and Gloucester.  If you want to know where your nearest charging point is located please check out this map of points around the UK or visit the Charge Your Car.

How much could you save?

Currently the UK Government is offering electric (plug-in) car and van grants for certain category vehicles.  Find out more ...

Compare the difference

Electric vehicles are cheaper to run than petrol/diesel cars:

  • A full £2 or £3 charge gives a typical range of 100 miles. Travelling that distance in a petrol or diesel car would cost around £12 to £18.

  • Top up your electric car on a low rate overnight electricity tariff for the biggest savings.

  • Electric vehicles are currently exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax).

  • Travelling to London? Electric cars are eligible for a 100% discount from the London Congestion Charge, worth up to £2,400 a year.

  • There are fewer mechanical components than conventional vehicles so servicing and maintenance costs are likely to be lower.

The switch to electric vehicle makes helps cut costs for businesses too. And Thinktravel has already been able to assist with infrastructure to support this through business travel grants. 

The other benefits

Electric cars don’t just help tackle pollution by creating quieter, cleaner environments…

  • They don’t produce any tailpipe emissions, so they have a negligible effect on air quality.
  • They reduce carbon emissions, compared to petrol/diesel vehicles.

Electric vehicles – Next steps 

There’s a lot of invaluable information about electric vehicles at these sites:

​Office for Low Emission Vehicles​ government website

Energy saving trust

Next greencar

Source West

 75%
of people who work locally travel by car/van.

"It’s like a £2,500 pay rise. 
The cost of fuel makes the case for car-sharing overwhelming."

carsharegloucestershire.com

Think bus Avoid the jams & parking hassle with your direct route into town Think ride Cycling gives easy access to town centres & freedom to travel Think share Car sharing can cut your travel costs by a minimum of 50% Think train Free up your journey time & save on fuel and parking costs Think journey Compare travel costs & options with the My Journey tool Think walk Feel the health benefits & enjoyment of regular walking