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Help to make the EV switch

As COP26 discusses finance, we explore one way of reducing the cost of switching to greener personal transport. Plus there's 19 tips from the Money Saving Expert.

Exciting developments are happening in the borough to support Rugbeians in contributing to net zero, and there is financial help out there to assist even more.

As of October 2021, there are 53 publicly available electric vehicle charging devices available in Rugby, and the graphic below shows the significant progress which is being made to increase the availability of public charging devices (source: Department of Transport).

If you are considering making the switch to an electric vehicle, did you know that the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK?

If you're unclear on the steps to take towards switching to an electric vehicle, together with, the Department for Transport has also produced a Beginners’ Guide to Going Electric (PDF, 2MB), to help drivers understand what’s involved in switching to an electric car. The guide provides practical advice and top tips as we accelerate towards a zero emission transport future.

Alongside this, a free app called EV8 Switch – backed by £2.7 million of UK Space Agency funding – has been launched. It calculates how much money UK drivers could save by switching to an EV compared to their current petrol or diesel vehicle, along with details on the carbon dioxide (CO2) savings and air quality improvements they could achieve.

Other money saving tips to cut your carbon footprint

The Money Saving Expert has put together 19 money saving tips, covering green investments, utilities, transport, and reusing/recycling. It's a comprehensive list and worth the time to read.

View the Money Saving Expert tips

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