The government are pulling out all the stops to reduce emissions and help with the cost of going green. The future for driving lies in the power of alternative fuels and to help you make the switch from a gas guzzler to a cleaner electric model, the UK government has made low emission electric vehicle’s eligible for a Plug-in car grant.

What’s the Plug-in Grant?

The Plug-in grant is a cash incentive that allows car dealerships and manufacturers to cut the list price of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on sale in the UK today.

You don’t need to do anything, it’s up to the dealer to include the value of the grant in the vehicle’s price.

Vehicles Eligible For A Plug-in Grant

Not all electric or hybrid vehicles are eligible for a grant – only vehicles that have been approved by the government.

Vehicle’s have been categorised based on their CO2 emissions.There are 7 categories all together and the value of the grant depends on which category the vehicle is in.

Here is a list of all the cars eligible for the plug-in grant according the gov.uk website:

Category 1 Cars

These vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

BMW i3 and i3s
BYD e6
Citroen CZero
Hyundai IONIQ Electric
Jaguar I-PACE
Kia Soul EV
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
Nissan e-NV200 (5-seater and 7-seater)
Nissan LEAF
Peugeot iON
Renault ZOE
Smart EQ fortwo
Smart EQ forfour
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model X
Toyota Mirai
Volkswagen e-up!
Volkswagen e-Golf

The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £4,500.

Category 2 Cars

These vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 16km (10 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

Audi A3 e-tron
BMW 225xe
BMW 330e
BMW 530e
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV
Kia Niro PHEV
Kia Optima PHEV
Mercedes-Benz C350 e (with 17 inch rear wheels)
Mercedes-Benz E350 e SE
Mitsubishi Outlander (except Commercial)
Toyota Prius Plug-in
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Volvo S90 Twin Engine
Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine
Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine
Volvo V90 Twin Engine
Volvo XC60 Twin Engine

The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Category 3 Cars

These vehicles have CO2 emissions of 50 to 75g/km and can travel at least 32km (20 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

Mercedes-Benz E350 e AMG Line
MINI Countryman PHEV

The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for this vehicle, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Motorcycles

These vehicles have no CO2 emissions and can travel at least 50km (31 miles) between charges:

Askoll eS3
Askoll eSpro 70
BMW C evolution
Eccity 125
Eccity 125+
Energica Ego
Energica Eva
Scutum Silence S02
Torrot Muvi
Vmoto 100
Vmoto 120
Zero Motorcycles (all models)

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £1,500.

Mopeds

These vehicles have no CO2 emissions and can travel at least 30km (19 miles) between charges:

Askoll eS1
Askoll eS2
Askoll eSpro 45
Torrot Muvi City
UGBEST e-City
Vmoto Super Soco TC
Vmoto Super Soco TS1200R

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £1,500.

Vans

These vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km and can travel at least 16km (10 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

BD Otomotiv eTraffic
BD Otomotiv eDucato
Citroen Berlingo
Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial
Nissan e-NV200 (cargo van)
Peugeot ePartner
Renault Kangoo ZE
LDV EV80 van
LDV EV80 chassis cab

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £8,000.

Category 1 taxis

These vehicles are purpose-built taxis and have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

  • LEVC TX

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £7,500.

Electric and hybrid vehicles that are not eligible

Category 2 or 3 cars with a recommended retail price over £60,000 are not eligible for a grant. This includes:

Audi Q7 (category 2)
BMW i8 (category 2)
Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid (category 3)
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid (category 3)
Range Rover P400e (category 3)
Range Rover Sport P400e (category 3)

 

For more information on EV government incentives visit the gov.uk website.

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