Motability Scheme For Electric Cars

Everything you need to know about getting an electric car with the Motability Scheme, including the benefits, costs and how to claim.


The Motability scheme allows disabled people to exchange their mobility allowance for a new car, scooter or wheelchair.

  • There are nine plug-in vehicles available under the scheme.
  • You can claim the motability scheme by speaking to your car dealership.
  • By choosing an electric vehicle, you can save up to £1,000 a year in running costs.
  • The government OLEV grant is available to reduce the cost of a dedicated home charging point.

Who is eligible for the Motability scheme?

You may be eligible to join the scheme if you receive:

  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

Why choose an electric car?

Save up to £1,000 a year in fuel savings by driving electric, as it costs as little as 2p per mile. As well as being cheaper to run, electric cars are environmentally friendly with zero tailpipe emissions.

Electric cars also benefit from instant torque for superior performance and acceleration, all with no engine noise for less stressful driving.

Other benefits include:

  • Exemption from VED (aka Road Tax).
  • Up to 50% less in maintenance costs.
  • Exemption from £11.50 London congestion charge.
  • Exemption from £12.50 Ultra Low Emission Zone charge.

To learn more visit 'The Benefits of Electric Cars'

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

The cost of charging an electric car in the UK varies depending on the location and speed of the charger, but charging at home is the most cost-effective way to charge and many public charging points are free to use. Charging at home costs as little as 2p per mile.

To learn more visit “Cost of Charging an Electric Car”.

How do I charge an electric car at home?

You can charge an electric car at home using a dedicated charging point, which provides the quickest charging time and includes built in safety features.

The cost of a home charger and its installation can be reduced by claiming the government OLEV grant.

Alternatively it is possible to charge from a standard 3 pin plug as an occasional back up. However this option is much slower and lacks the safety features of a dedicated charging point.

To learn more visit “How to Charge an Electric Car at Home”.

What are my Motability electric car options?

The following electric cars are available on the scheme:

100% Electric Cars

  • BMW i3
  • Renault Zoe
  • smart EQ fortwo Coupé
  • smart EQ forfour

Plug-in Hybrid Cars

  • BMW 2 Series
  • Kia Niro PHEV
  • Mini Countryman PHEV
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in

The available vehicles are updated on a quarterly basis.

How do I claim the Motability scheme?

  • Choose your vehicle.
  • Speak to the Motability scheme specialists at the dealership.
  • The dealership will help you place your order.

To find out more visit the Motability website.

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