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.

Last updated: Jun 14, 2024 3 min read

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

  • There are several 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 grant from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) is available for homeowners who live in flats and people in rental accommodation.

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)
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Child Disability Payment (HRMC CDP)
  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Adult Disability Payment (ERMC ADP)

Why choose an electric car?

Save up to £1,000 a year in fuel savings by driving electric, as it can cost 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.

There are many other benefits to switching to electric cars which include:

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 can cost as little as 2p per mile.

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.

If you are a homeowner living in a flat or live in a rented property with dedicated off-street parking, you can reduce the cost of a home charger and its installation by claiming the OZEV EV chargepoint 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.

What are my Motability electric car options?

As of March 2023, there are 115 fully electric cars, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids available through the Motability Scheme site. Whether you're interested in a Nissan Leaf, Honda Jazz, Citroen E-C4, or another option, there's plenty of electric cars which are available with discounts under the scheme. See the complete list here

The available vehicles are updated on a quarterly basis. To find out more about these models have a look at our vehicle guides

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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