The cost of a charging an electric car can be a big concern for a lot of people looking to make the switch to electric. Pod Point, one of the UK's leading providers of electric charging, estimate that it costs around £15.10 to fully charge the battery of an electric car at home based on a 60 kWh battery.
In short, the answer is no! Battery electric cars are not required to pay road tax if the car is not connected to any source of power when moving and the electricity comes from an external source. You do still need to apply for road tax and renew it annually or you could be fined up to £1,000.
The charging time of your electric car depends on a few factors including the size of the battery and the speed of the electric charging point. It can take around eight hours to fully charge the battery of some cars, but charging times are only set to get shorter thanks to rapid charging points. In just 30 minutes rapid charging points can increase your car's range by up to 100 miles.
The beauty of electric cars is that they give you the option to choose how you charge, whether that's from the convenience of your home, or on the move at public charging points. Many hybrids and plug-in hybrids can be charged from the mains using a standard three-pin plug. You can charge battery electric vehicles at home; however, these do tend to need a charging point installed.
The Scottish Government offer a range of funding to help make the switch to electric more affordable.
The Domestic Chargepoint Funding Scheme ran by Energy Saving Trust and Transport Scotland and offers up to £300 of funding towards the installation of a home chargepoint. This £300 is also in addition to the £350 available through the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
The Used Electric Vehicle Loan is an interest-free loan of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of purchasing a used electric car or van and up to £5,000 interest free for a used electric motorcycle or moped.
Find out more about EV funding in Scotland.