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Frequently Asked Questions

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What grants do the government offer?
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What grants do the government offer? You can get a grant towards the cost of each new electric (plug-in) car or van you buy, if it meets certain conditions. Grants are available for:

• 25% off the cost of a car, up to a maximum of £5,000
• 20% off the cost of a van up to a maximum of £8,000

The ‘cost’ is the full purchase price you pay for the basic vehicle - including number plates, vehicle excise duty and VAT. It doesn’t include any optional extras, e.g. delivery charges or first registration fee.

Your new vehicle is likely to be eligible if it is one of the following:

• Electric vehicles (EVs) – these run completely on batteries and are plugged into the mains to be recharged
• Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) – these use a petrol or diesel engine combined with a battery that plugs into the mains.
• Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and other technologies.

Cars from Greenhous that are eligible for the grant:

• Nissan LEAF
• Renault Fluence Z.E
• Renault ZOE
• Vauxhall Ampera
• Volvo V60 Plug-In

Vans from Greenhous that are eligible for the grant:

• Renault Kangoo ZE

The amount of your grant will be automatically deducted from the price of your car or van when you buy it. Greenhous will complete the paperwork, so there are no application forms for you to fill in, but you may be asked to complete a short questionnaire.
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How much does it cost to run an electric car?
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An electric vehicle will approximately cost 2-4 pence per mile . diesel and petrol and cars that are similar can cost up to 10 times that.

Electric vehicle drivers are also exempt from road tax, company car tax and the London Congestion Charge.
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What can reduce the range of an electric vehicle?
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Running the heater or A/C will affect how far you can drive on a single charge. Some vehicles allow you to pre-heat or pre-cool your vehicle while it's charging and before you drive. This means that the power is coming from the mains and not the vehicle's battery.

Weather, hard acceleration and late braking can also affect the range of your electric vehicle.
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The differences between electric and conventional vehicles?
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Electric and conventional vehicles are very similar. Aside from the obvious difference in propulsion, the main differences are the fueling and maintenance requirements of an electric vehicle.

Rather than filling up at a petrol station, it is expected that the majority of electric vehicle charging will take place at home overnight. Also, electric vehicles have far fewer moving parts compared to an internal combustion engine, which reduces the likelihood of unscheduled maintenance.
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What is regenerative braking?
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Conventional braking wastes energy because it kills the momentum that the engine has built up. The process of Regenerative Braking takes this energy and stores it elsewhere. Instead of being lost as heat in the brakes, the energy is used to drive an alternator which allows the energy to be recovered and stored in a battery.

Every time you apply the brakes or coast, the electric motor acts as a generator so the engine automatically recovers some of this wasted energy and returns it to the battery.