ScottishPower launches '100% green' electric-car package

Partnership with dealer group Arnold Clark to offer electric cars plus renewable electricity


Energy company ScottishPower has announced a partnership with dealer group Arnold Clark to offer electric-car buyers an 'end-to-end' zero-emissions electric-vehicle package, combining a 100% renewable energy supply with running an electric car.

It lets buyers purchase or lease an electric car of their choice from an Arnold Clark dealer, as well as getting a home charging point installed and switching to a fully renewable electricity tariff with ScottishPower. The charging point works with an app to allow scheduling of charging to take advantage of cheaper off-peak electricity rates.

Although all electric cars produce zero tailpipe emissions, running one can still contribute to CO2 output if the electricity used to charge it comes from non-renewable sources. The ScottishPower/Arnold Clark partnership aims to avoid this.

Commenting on the link-up, Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower, said: “Today we announce the UK’s first end-to-end electric vehicle package that's 100% green. After removing carbon from how we generate electricity, we believe the decarbonisation of the UK’s transport system has to be next."

In tandem with the partnership launch, ScottishPower commissioned a YouGov survey of 2,000 people, which indicated one in five adults who don’t currently own an electric vehicle, or aren’t currently in the process of buying one, will be considering either the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle by October 2021. Right now, just 2% of British adults own an electric vehicle.

The survey also revealed some misconceptions and uncertainty about home charging points: 50% thought such points need to be the same size as a petrol pump, whereas in reality they're a lot smaller. And 46% were unsure if they'd need new cabling to be installed at home in order for a charging point to work. ScottishPower promises no new cabling is required for the charging point being offered through its scheme.

The point has a retail price of £899, but the £500 home charging point grant (subject to you having dedicated off-street parking) can bring that down to £399. Customers in Scotland may also be able to claim an additional £300 grant from the Energy Saving Trust, bringing the cost down to £99.