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Click here to find out about our model-specific Ecodriving videos for electric vehicles

How does the ecodriving scheme work?

Ecodriving training suppliers can claim a subsidy of £25 (inc VAT) per driver trained in EV or plug-in hybrid vehicles, and £12.50 (inc VAT) per driver trained in conventional vehicles. The training must meet Energy Saving Trust’s requirements (see Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 of the terms and conditions for details). 

The subsidy can be claimed for:

  • courses dedicated to ecodriving training
  • longer duration courses that lead on safety but also incorporate Energy Saving Trust’s ecodriving requirements.

For EVs and plug-in hybrids, the minimum training duration is 1.5 hours per driver and the maximum number of drivers is 5 per day. For conventional vehicles, the minimum training duration is 1 hour per driver and the maximum number of drivers is 8 per day.

The subsidy is available to the entity that sells the training to the client.  Usually this means the training company, rather than the individual trainer, except when a freelance trainer sells training directly to a client. 

Training providers are entirely free to set the prices they charge their customers.

 

How do I get my training approved? 

Training suppliers should either:

  • submit a summary of each course for which they wish to claim a subsidy, to demonstrate how it will incorporate Energy Saving Trust’s ecodriving requirements. 

or:

  • confirm by email that the course for which they wish to claim a subsidy will directly follow the training format described in Appendix 1 (conventional vehicles) and/or Appendix 2 (EVs and plug-in hybrids).

All training must be delivered by DVSA registered fleet trainers who have attended one of our ecodriving train-the-trainer courses. These courses consist of around two and a half hours of classroom training, plus two hours of on-the-road training. They promote the use of simple, well-proven techniques such as greater anticipation and early gear changes to reduce fuel consumption.

Training suppliers must sign and return a copy of the ecodriving scheme terms and conditions to Energy Saving Trust.  Once approved, a training supplier becomes eligible to use the ecodriving scheme logo to promote their ecodriving training.

 

How do I participate in the scheme? 

Participating in the scheme is simple:

  • Sign and return the ecodriving scheme terms and conditions.
  • Submit a summary of the course or courses you would like to claim subsidies for, demonstrating how your course(s) meet our requirements, or confirm to us in writing that your training will follow the standard formats shown in Appendix 1 and/or Appendix 2.

As long as your DVSA approved fleet trainers have attended one of our training courses, then you can email us to request an allocation of funding. We will reply to confirm the allocation.

At the end of each month, you submit your invoice and evidence of training, which includes two MPG results per driver.

The key contact at each fleet you train will also need to email Energy Saving Trust a monthly confirmation of how many drivers were trained.

Useful Information

The following materials are available free of charge for approved ecodriving suppliers:

  • Energy Saving Trust ecodriving logo, which suppliers can add to their own promotional material in accordance with our ecodriving logo guidelines.  If you are an approved supplier and don’t already have a copy of the logo, you can request this from ecodriving@est.org.uk.
  • Energy Saving Trust's online certificate generator, which suppliers can use to create PDF certificates for their drivers.  The certificates include calculations of a driver’s potential annual savings, based on their annual mileage and reduction of fuel consumption on the day of training. 

If you’re an approved supplier and don’t already have your log-in and password to use this site please contact ecodriving@est.org.uk

 

Model-specific Ecodriving videos for electric vehicles

Produced by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Department for Transport, these ecodriving videos are aimed at ecodriving driving trainers who are instructing others on how to drive electric vehicles. The list of videos will be growing soon, so if your vehicle has not been covered yet you can follow our YouTube account to keep up to date.

Tesla Model S 85           Renault ZOE           Hyundai KONA           Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid     

Nissan Leaf First Generation      Nissan Leaf Second Generation      BMW i3      Jaguar I-PACE

Tesla Model 3 Long Range      Renault Kangoo ZE      Kia e-Niro      Volkswagen e-Golf

Tesla Model X      Nissan E-NV200      MG ZS      Audi e-Tron

 

Terms and conditions

Please contact ecodriving@est.org.uk for the 2020/21 Terms and Conditions, which are currently being updated. 

Energy Saving Trust Ecodriving Terms and Conditions Appendix 1 - Format of Training & Key Messages, Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles

Energy Saving Trust Ecodriving Terms and Conditions Appendix 2 - Format of Training & Key Messages, Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Energy Saving Trust Ecodriving Programme Appendix 3 - Spreadsheet for Recording Training Results, Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles

Energy Saving Trust Ecodriving Programme Appendix 4 - Spreadsheet for Recording Training Results, Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

EST Ecodriving Scheme Appendix 5 - GRPR Compliance

EST Ecodriving Scheme Appendix 6 - Client Confirmation Pro Forma Email

Next steps

Contact us for more information

To book a place on a 'train-the-trainer' course or to discuss the scheme, email ecodriving@est.org.uk or call 020 7222 0101.

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