Electric vehicles

A guide to electric vehicles

If the UK is to reach its net zero target, we need to radically reduce our use of fossil fuels. In 2020, the government announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. As a result the number of electric vehicles on our roads is predicted to rise to more than 35 million by 2050.

An electric or ‘alternatively fuelled vehicle’ is any vehicle that doesn’t rely on a conventional petrol or diesel engine.

There are a number of different types of electric vehicles (EVs) available, most of which can be categorised as pure electric/plug-in vehicles or hybrids. Hybrids combine battery power with a regular petrol or diesel engine.

If you're considering buying your first EV or thinking about electrifying your fleet, you may be wondering about the cost, choice of model, range of travel and the availability of charge points. 

This part of our website aims to help you get to know all about EVs and EV charging. If you want to connect an EV charge point to our network, please visit our connections page. To find out how we're preparing our network for the uptake of EVs in the North West, please see our EV strategy further down this page


EVs for business

For a UK business, electric vehicles could offer a number of benefits over conventional petrol and diesel fleet vehicles.

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EVs for home

Are you considering buying your first electric vehicle? Find out more about the cost of buying one, the current tax benefits and about charge points.

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Get connected

How to connect your electric vehicle charge point to the electricity network.

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Our electric vehicle strategy

Our electric vehicle strategy sets out the actions we will take to lead and support our customers and wider stakeholders on our journey to decarbonise the region’s transport.