Clean Air Fully Electric Taxi Grant Programme

Find out if you are eligible for a CAT Programme grant (fully electric)

Eligibility Criteria for the Clean Air Taxi (CAT) Programme (fully electric vehicle upgrade only)

Bradford Council has funding of £4.1m for applicants to upgrade their licensed vehicle to a fully electric vehicle.

Grants of up to £10,000 per vehicle are available for running costs of a fully electric vehicle licensed with Bradford Council.

What are EV running costs?

The grant can be used towards any costs including payment of EV lease instalments, EV finance or loan instalments, the cost of electricity and/or charging infrastructure, vehicle maintenance, license costs etc.

Eligibility criteria

About you

You must be a proprietor of a licensed vehicle with Bradford Council and meet one of the following criteria:

  • If you have a vehicle which is not compliant with Bradford Clean Air Zone (CAZ) standards
    • Your vehicle must be licensed at the time you submit your grant application with Bradford Council and have been licensed continuously since on or before 26 May 2021.
  • If you have a vehicle which is compliant with Bradford CAZ standards (but not a fully electric vehicle)
    • Your vehicle must be licensed at the time you submit your grant application with Bradford Council and have been licensed continuously prior to 30 November 2023.
  • Leasing companies are not eligible to apply.

Retrospective applications

If you have already upgraded to a fully electric vehicle since 18 February 2020 and not yet applied for a grant, you may still be eligible for a grant.

If you have already upgraded to a fully electric vehicle since 18 February 2020 and received a grant at the previous rate of £6,000 over two years. You may be eligible for a top up payment to the new grant level of up to £10,000. You do not need to apply for this. The grants team will contact you directly if you are eligible for a top up payment.

I have more than one vehicle

If you are the proprietor of more than one licensed vehicle, you can apply for multiple EV running costs grants. A separate application is needed for each vehicle you wish to apply for. You must, however, remain under the Subsidy Control amount of £315,000 of public funding over a three-year period.

How much grant can I apply for?

The grants available depend on if you have previously been awarded a CAT grant for the vehicle you wish to replace with an EV.

Vehicle type CAT Grant already received? EV running costs grant available Maximum combined grant
Hackney Carriage or Wheelchair Accessible PHV No £10,000 £10,000
Hackney Carriage or Wheelchair Accessible PHV Yes, £5,000 £5,000 £10,000
Non-wheelchair accessible PHV No £10,000 £10,000
Non-wheelchair accessible PHV Yes, £3,200 £6,800 £10,000

EV running costs grants are paid in two equal annual instalments. The first instalment is paid on completion of the grant assessment and the second is paid 12 months later subject to ongoing compliance with the grant agreement

The replacement fully electric vehicle (EV)

The EV can be either owned by the applicant or on a long-term lease (minimum lease 2 years at the time the Grant Agreement is signed and returned)

The EV must be a ‘like for like’ replacement vehicle. i.e. if your current vehicle is a wheelchair accessible PHV, the replacement EV must also be a wheelchair accessible PHV. Please see table below for ‘like for like’ replacement options:

Current vehicle Replacement vehicle options
Hackney Carriage Hackney Carriage
4-passenger seat non-wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle 4-seat non-wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle OR
Wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle
OR
5-8 seat non-wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle
5-8 passenger seat non-wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle 5-8 seat non-wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle
OR
Wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle
Wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle Wheelchair accessible private hire vehicle

If your replacement EV does not meet the ‘like for like’ requirements above, your grant application will be rejected.

After the grant is awarded

  • You must retain ownership of the vehicle for a minimum of 2 years (or in the case of electric vehicle running cost grants, have leased the vehicle for a period of 2 years from the date the agreement was signed and returned).
  • Your EV must remain licensed by you with the Bradford Council Licensing Service for a minimum of 2 years.
  • You agree to provide supporting evidence of continued compliance during the 2 years after the award, on request.

To apply, you need to have:

  • The V5c document for your existing non-compliant vehicle or compliant vehicle which is being replaced by the EV.
  • Proof of your Identity (valid passport or driving licence)

If the application is approved, an agreement in principle will be sent to advise you of the maximum grant that is available to you. You will be asked to provide:

  • Proof of purchase, or minimum two-year lease, of your replacement fully electric vehicle (EV)
  • The V5c document for the replacement EV.
  • Proof that your previous vehicle has been removed from license and is no longer owned by you.

If the replacement EV is a ‘like for like’ replacement for your previous vehicle, your grant offer will be sent in the Grant Agreement (terms and conditions).

  • You must sign and return the Grant Agreement before the first instalment of the grant can be paid. (50% of the maximum grant payable)
  • Grant payments are paid to the applicant’s bank account through BACS payment or the business bank account if the Vehicle licensee is in a company name. We cannot consider payment to a third party.
  • 1 year after the first instalment the grants team will check that you are still eligible for the grant and the second instalment will then be paid. (Remaining 50% of the grant payable)

I want to upgrade to an EV, but I have received a grant for my current vehicle in the last 2 years.

If you wish to apply for an EV running costs grant but you are still within the 2-year compliance period of a previous grant award (non-EV grants only) you can still apply for an EV running costs grant.

Once your application for an EV running costs grant has been received, the grants team will contact you to advise you further.

Start your application here and find out if you are eligible for a CAT Programme Electric Vehicle running costs grant for a replacement vehicle that is a fully electric vehicle.

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Sample Full EV Grant agreements

Please select from the options below to see a sample of a CAT Full EV Grant Agreement. The content of these sample Grant Agreements are for indicative purposes only:

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