Vehicle Incentives

Financial Benefits For Electric Vehicles

All Tesla cars have zero emissions and may be eligible for financial incentives that encourage clean energy use in the UK.

Benefits for All Tesla Drivers:

£3000 plug-in grant
Exempt from London Congestion Charge
Access to clean air zones, including the London Ultra Low Emission Zone
Up to £35,000 interest-free loan (Scotland only)
• Vehicle Excise Duty

Benefits of Tesla for Business:

0% Benefit in Kind (BiK) starting April 6th 2020
100% First Year Allowance
No car fuel benefit charge
Reduced National Insurance contributions
Eligible for salary sacrifice schemes


Plug-In Grant

The plug-in grant is a purchase subsidy of up to £3,000 which is deducted from the purchase price of eligible new Tesla vehicles. Vehicles with a list price under £50,000 before application of optional extras are eligible.

To benefit from the EV incentive scheme, we need to share your name and contact details and the VIN of your car with the Department for Transport. Please see the privacy notice of the Department for Transport.

More information: Plug-in Grant & Go Ultra Low

London Congestion Charge

The London Congestion Charge is a daily charge for driving a vehicle within the charging zone in central London. As of 22nd June, the charge is now applied between 07:00 and 22:00, 7 days per week. The daily charge has also risen to £15 per day for an indefinite period. Currently, only vehicles that meet Euro 6 standards (petrol and diesel), that emit no more than 75g/km of CO2 and have a minimum 20 miles zero emission capable range will qualify for the 100% cleaner vehicle discount. From 25th October 2021, the cleaner vehicle discount will change so that only battery electric vehicles are eligible.

More information: TFL Discounts and Exemptions

Ultra Low Emission Zones

Tesla vehicles are able to access the London Ultra Low Emission Zone, without paying the noncompliance fee of £12.50. The current Central London ULEZ is due to expand significantly from Central London to cover a much larger zone in October 2021. The cost of paying the ULEZ over 3 years could be up to £13,650, when driving into the zone on a daily basis.

More information: Ultra Low Emission Zones

Electric Vehicle Loan in Scotland

In Scotland, Transport Scotland funds an interest-free Electric Vehicle Loan of up to £35,000 for purchases of a new plug-in electric vehicle for personal use and up to £120,000 for purchases of new plug-in electric vehicles for business use.

More information: Electric Vehicle Loan & Low Carbon Transport Business Loan

Company Car Tax (Benefit in Kind)

From 6th April 2020, both new and existing Tesla cars will be eligible for a 0 percent BiK rate for the 2020/21 tax year. The BiK rate will rise to 1 percent in 2021/22 and to 2 percent in 2022/23, being held at 2% for 2024/24 & 2024/25. The average petrol or diesel vehicle has a BiK rate of 20 to 37 percent.

More information: Benefit in KindCompany Car Tax RulesReview of WLTP and Vehicle Taxes, Budget 2020

100% First Year Allowance (FYA)

First Year Allowance is claimable for up to 100% of the cost of qualifying low emission and electric cars. By choosing a Tesla car, your business can claim a 100% year one deduction for the cost of the vehicle.

The First Year Allowance is applicable to new vehicles and cars considered new despite previously being used, such as vehicles registered as a sales or service demonstrator by the manufacturer.

In the March 2020 UK Budget, the Government announced that 100% FYA for businesses purchasing low emission cars will be extended until 31 March 2025.

More information: HMRC Capital Allowance Manual

Car Fuel Benefit Charge

As electricity is not classed as a road fuel, Tesla cars have no fuel benefit charge. That means employees are exempt from paying Benefit in Kind on electricity provided by their employer to charge an electric company car.

More information: Tax benefits for ultra low emission vehicles

Advisory Fuel Rates

As electricity is not classed as a road fuel, the car fuel benefit charge does not apply to electric charging. If an employee uses a company car, no Benefit in Kind occurs when charging their vehicle at the workplace.

The advisory fuel rate for fully electric vehicles has been confirmed by HMRC as 4 pence per mile.

More information: AFR/AMAPs/MAR and Fuel Benefit

Class 1A National Insurance Contributions

Class 1A NICs based on the vehicle's P11D value and relevant BiK rate are applicable as determined by the official carbon emissions and fuel type.

More information: An employer’s guide to Class 1A National Insurance contributions

Salary Sacrifice

Salary Sacrifice enables employees to sacrifice some of their gross salary in order to receive the benefit of driving a fully electric company car. As the sacrifice is executed before tax and National Insurance contributions are applied, employees effectively save costs in the acquisition of their new car in a similar way that other savings such as childcare, gym membership or cycle-to-work schemes operate.

From a company’s perspective, this scheme provides an opportunity for organisations to offer employees a new car at a lower cost than they could achieve in the retail market in a tax efficient way. The company may also benefit from reduced National Insurance contribution payments from the scheme.

Salary Sacrifice is either offered by the employer or the leasing provider.

More information: Salary Sacrifice


Vehicle Excise Duty

With zero emissions, all Tesla cars are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty. This includes an exemption from the luxury car surcharge from 1 April 2020 until 31 March 2025.

More information: Vehicle tax ratesBudget 2020

Incentive programs are offered and administered by government agencies. Eligibility and availability vary and are outside of Tesla’s control. 

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