RAC patrol van with a mechanic using the EV Boost solution

Towing your Motability Scheme electric vehicle with the RAC

As part of the worry-free package, all cars on the Motability Scheme are covered with the RAC for breakdowns. With the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads, the technical team at the RAC are always developing new equipment to make sure people are back on the roads as fast as possible.

It’s been proven that electric vehicles (EVs) have less chance of a breakdown when comparing to petrol or diesel cars. This is due to EVs containing less parts as they do not have a clutch, exhaust, fuel pump, or drive belt, which are all important pieces of a traditional car. However, having the RAC Motability Assist covers you for any unexpected issues that can happen along the way.

In time for the zero-emission vehicle transition for 2035, we’re starting to see manufacturers move more of their attention to EVs. This means as petrol and diesel cars are being phased out, the prices will increase for the ones that are available. Provided as part of the worry-free package with the Motability Scheme, RAC Motability Assist have introduced innovative ways of towing vehicles. This means that they can recover more vehicles from the roadside, if the car cannot be fixed on the spot, at no extra cost.

Did you know that you can report breakdowns via the myRAC app?

The myRAC app is the quickest and easiest way to report a breakdown to the RAC.

Even if you’re not sure where you are, report your breakdown using the app and the RAC will know exactly where to find you.

They’ll start organising a patrol straight away and you’ll get a confirmation text and regular updates on your patrol’s arrival time.

Download myRAC now and you could save money on fuel with its handy tool to help you find the cheapest fuel.

EV Boost mobile charging system

Although many EVs becoming available on the Motability Scheme boast a long range of 250 plus miles, the RAC are there to help should you be in a position of being out-of-charge. By developing the breakdown industry’s first lightweight, mobile Electric car charger, the RAC has removed the need to carry heavy batteries that need charging after every use.

The EV Boost mobile charging solution can give stranded EVs enough power to get to a nearby chargepoint. Adding around 10 miles of range in 30 minutes or less. This method is capable of charging 99% of all EVs on the road today and the same as a top-up from a fuel can for a petrol or diesel car.

The RAC now have over 200 patrol vans across the UK, all fitted with the EV Boost system. And this is always increasing. They’ve even rolled out a faster 5kw Electric car charger to get customers back on the road.

Learn more about the EV Boost

All-Wheels-Up rapid recovery system

As many EVs cannot be towed normally, this means breaking down or running out of charge in a busy urban area or a narrow country lane can be challenging.

Recovering cars using conventional towing methods, leaving two wheels of the car spinning. When an EVs wheels spin, they’re generating power to the battery. If this power is not being used, it can cause issues to the car’s battery and motor.

 That’s why the RAC introduced another industry first by creating the All-Wheels-Up rapid recovery system. Their breakdown vans can now tow vehicles by lifting all wheels off the ground and recover a large range of vehicles. This includes SUVs, 4x4s, pick-ups, vans, automatic cars, hybrid cars and EVs. Cars with faults that make normal towing impossible can also be recovered in this way.

This inventive piece of kit is stored easily at the back of a RAC breakdown van and installed by a patrol person in a shorter time than waiting for a standard recovery truck to arrive.

Learn more about All-Wheels-Up recovery

What’s included in the RAC Motability Assist cover:

  • Helps you get to where you’re going after a breakdown, if your vehicle cannot be repaired roadside
  • Replacement vehicle for up to 48 hours should yours not be fit to drive. After this time, we’ll then contact you to discuss options
  • Option to add RAC European Breakdown Cover if you plan to drive abroad. You can do this at no extra cost, when requesting a VE103 (a certificate that allows you to drive your Scheme car in Europe)

Interested in joining the Scheme?

The Motability Scheme offers an all-inclusive package. If you are in receipt of a qualifying mobility allowance, you can use it to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. The Scheme provides flexible and hassle-free access to a brand-new, reliable vehicle of your choice. As well as a great choice of cars, we also provide a wide range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs), scooters and powered wheelchairs.


To join the Scheme, you must be in receipt of one of the following mobility allowances:

  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Child Disability Payment – Scotland
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

You can easily check whether you’re eligible to join the Motability Scheme by using our eligibility checker tool.

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