VAUXHALL HAS GONE ELECTRIC. SWITCH IT UP.

Vauxhall are on a mission to build electric cars for everyone.

Electric cars are 85-90% more energy efficient than internal combustion engine cars (17-21%).The new Corsa-e will cost 3p per mile, whilst the current Corsa costs 13p per mile.

Read more details below, or contact your local Underwoods Vauxhall dealership in Colchester and Clacton, Essex.

GOVERNMENT GRANTS FOR ELECTRIC CARS

The government wants to help us switch to electric vehicles. So they've put together a package of grants for drivers. For starters, you could get up to £3,000 off a 100% electric car. And Underwoods will do all the grant paperwork for you.

To qualify for a grant your car must have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles.

More good news. You could get a grant of up to £500 towards installing an authorised home charging unit. It's the quickest and safest way to charge your vehicle.

HELP FOR ELECTRIC WORKPLACES

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) offers help to eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. They could receive up to £500 per socket towards the cost of installing electric charge points. To qualify, there must be dedicated off-street parking for staff.

PAY LESS TAX

Choose a low-emission vehicle and you'll save on tax. All 100% electric cars (costing under £40,000) pay £0 car tax, while plug-in hybrids get a £10 discount. Zero emission vehicles, and all cars registered before 1st April 2017 that emit less than 100g CO2/km, also pay no car tax. There are other tax savings, too.

Recharge a plug-in vehicle at home and you'll only pay 5% VAT on your electricity. Compare that to 20% on road fuels. ANd company car drivers also get a break, The 'Benefit in Kind' (BiK) rate for electric vehicles emitting 50g/km of CO2 or less is just 16% for 2019/20.​

LOWER LOCAL CHARGES

Low or zero emission electric vehicles pay less in Clean Air Zones in the UK and the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London.

Many local councils also offer electric drivers free parking, reduced Residents' Parking permits, access to bus lanes and even free electricity. Contact Underwoods Vauxhall to find out more.