Scotland offers interest free loans for EVs

Scottish commuters, businesses and taxi drivers will now be able to apply for interest free loans for electric vehicles (EVs). The Scottish Government has made £7.8 million available in total, […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Scottish commuters, businesses and taxi drivers will now be able to apply for interest free loans for electric vehicles (EVs).

The Scottish Government has made £7.8 million available in total, out of which individuals can apply for up to £35,000 and businesses and taxi drivers up to £100,000.

The project is expected to help Scotland save more than 11,000 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of removing around 4,000 cars from Scottish roads for a year.

Minister for Transport Humza Yousaf said: “The Scottish Government has set a clear vision of freeing Scotland’s towns, cities and communities from the damaging emissions of fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2050.

“Our aim is to help support the move to low carbon road transport by getting more EVs on the road and where there are not currently electric alternatives, make the existing fleet more efficient.”

Last year saw a 54% growth in the number of plug-in EVs registered in Scotland.

Applications are open now through the Energy Saving Trust and will be accepted up to 31st March 2017 or until all funding has been allocated.

The UK Government already offers grants of up to £4,500 for electric cars and £8,000 for electric vans.