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Electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme

Discover the benefits of using an electric vehicle (EV) and how this new salary sacrifice scheme can save you money and support our net zero targets.

Our new salary sacrifice car scheme is an employee benefit that allows you to access a wide range of electric vehicles with no upfront cost. The scheme also provides tax and National Insurance savings. This is because you will pay for your electric vehicle from your monthly gross salary before tax, and will be taxed less as a result. If you are already considering leasing an electric vehicle, this is a cost-effective way of doing so.

Why we are introducing an EV scheme

Changing the way you travel is one of the most significant things you can do to reduce your personal carbon footprint. Considering how you travel to campus can also help support the University’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint to net zero by 2040.

  • can you walk or cycle to work?
  • can you take public transport to work?

Walking or cycling could save 9kg CO₂ emissions and public transport could save 6kg CO₂ emissions, per week, compared to driving (an average fossil petrol or diesel car) if you are travelling from Bath city centre.

If active travel, using public transport or car sharing are not suitable options for you, the EV salary sacrifice scheme might be a solution. Car sharing will further help you and others reduce your environmental impact and save costs.

Find out more information about making the best choices for you and the environment.

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Benefits of going electric

EVs are generally better for the planet

Pure EVs run on electricity rather than fossil fuels and so reduce your annual greenhouse gas emissions. Subject to a few conditions which can be found in our guide.

They are cheaper to run

Currently you can expect to pay an average £0.34 per kWh rate for electricity, which means EV drivers can make savings when comparing the cost of fuel for petrol or diesel cars.

Use the journey cost calculator to understand the savings you could make by switching from petrol or diesel to electric.

They are currently exempt from road tax*

To be exempt, the electricity powering your EV must come from an external source − such as a private or public charging point, an electric storage battery or hydrogen fuel cells.

*You must still tax your vehicle even if you do not have to pay.

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About Tusker, our EV provider

We chose Tusker as our service provider because they are committed to reducing emissions and moving towards sustainable transport. They have been a carbon neutral organisation (for their operations) for over 10 years.

Tusker are founding members of the EV100 (a group of organisations championing the move to zero emissions) and have multiple awards for their commitment to the environment. In addition, they are taking into account their own emissions, trying to reduce their carbon footprint. They have offset over 200,000 tonnes of carbon through various verified carbon offsetting projects overseas and in the UK.

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What you'll get from the scheme

  • you won’t need to pay a deposit for any of the vehicles
  • all routine servicing is included − including batteries, exhausts, tyres and general wear and tear maintenance
  • you’ll receive fully comprehensive motor insurance (including all business travel) at no extra cost
  • as part of the package, you’ll also receive a home charging point with standard installation (subject to eligibility), please check the Tusker website for more information
  • roadside assistance (homestart and recovery, UK and European cover)

For a full list of benefits, please visit Understanding the electric vehicle scheme webpage.

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Meet with our EV provider

You can find out more about the scheme by joining Tusker (our scheme provider) for either a webinar or an in-person drop-in roadshow.

These events will take you through the scheme and its benefits in detail and you’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the scheme.

If you’re unable to make either date, you will also be able to watch the webinar recording which we’ll share after the event.

The webinar

The online event will be held on Thursday 7 September, 9.30am to 10.30am.

Register your interest to join the webinar.

Tusker will send registered employees the meeting URL the day before the session.


The roadshow will take place on Thursday 13 September from 11am until 3pm. Tusker will be situated on the parade outside 10 East (School of Management building). If there is wet weather, the representatives will be inside the School of Management building, in reception.

Tusker Webinar

This is a recording of the webinar hosted by Tucker. It takes you through the scheme and its benefits in detail. This includes how to access and use Tusker's website, deciding which vehicle is right for you and seeking individual, tailored quotations.

Electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme

Find out more and apply for the scheme