Motability grant electric cars - all you need to know

The complete guide to getting an electric car with the Motability grant, covering benefits, costs, range and more.

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 (Vehicle Tax)
  • Up to 50% less in maintenance costs
  • Exemption from £11.50 London congestion charge

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:

  • Typical overnight electricity rate of 10p per kWh
  • Charging therefore costs only 2p per mile
  • Based on an average 20 mile daily commute, this equates to only 40p per day

Click here to read more about the cost of charging an electric car.

What are my Motability options?

The Nissan LEAF continues to be one of the most popular electric cars with a range of over 100 miles.Nissan is offering a free home charging point to every Motability Scheme customer who chooses the LEAF, worth £890.

How do I claim a free Motability Grant charging point when I choose a Nissan LEAF?

Contact your local Nissan dealer to find out more and discuss your needs. Once you have chosen your LEAF, visit the home charging point page and complete your order in minutes. POD Point will be in touch next day to arrange your Motability charging point install.

Nissan LEAF Range

This is verified by Nissan and applies to the Nissan LEAF 30kWh.

Stuck in traffic at 15mph Leisure drive at 38mph Motorway driving at 55mph
96 miles 155 miles 95 miles

How to charge a Nissan LEAF

Charging your Nissan LEAF can be done anywhere with access to a reliable electrical supply, but the vast majority of charging takes place with dedicated electric vehicle charging points.

  • Home charging points is where most electric car charging takes place, as your vehicle can be plugged in overnight for a full charge every morning.
  • Destination charging points at places like supermarkets and car parks are available across the UK and are often free to use for the duration of your stay.
  • Workplace charging points are becoming more common and are often offered as a staff incentive, but some employers may use time-related fees to encourage chargepoint sharing throughout the working day.
  • Rapid charging points are designed to charge your car’s battery to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes and are usually found at motorway service stations.