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The Government's Plug-In Grant Scheme Explained

The Government's Plug-In Grant Scheme Explained

If you are looking to make the change to emissions free driving, or looking for your next green car then there is good news! The government has a plug-in car grant scheme that helps make an ultra-low emissions vehicle a more affordable choice.

The current scheme began in 2016 and is due to end, and hopefully be replaced, with a new scheme during 2020. Cars are arranged into categories depending on how far can be travelled without produced any emissions and the overall total of Co2 emissions released on average.

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The categories have been arranged as follows;

Plug-In Grant Categories

   Category 1 Cars  Category 2 Cars  Category 3 Cars
Distance needed to travel with zero emissions   at least 70 miles   at least 10 miles   at least 20 miles 
Maximum Co2 emissions   up to 50g/km  up to 50g/km  up to 75g/km 
Maximum grant contribution   35% of purchase price up to £4,500  35% of purchase privce up to £2,500 35% of purchase price up to £2,500 

Not all cars which fit into one of these categories will be eligible to receive a government grant. The plug-in grant is only available to cars that have been approved by the government. All vehicles must be able to reach a top speed of 60 mile per hour or more, have a 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty and a minimum of a 3 year battery and electric drive train warranty which includes the option to exten the battery warranty for a further 2 years. A full list of Government approved cars can be seen below;

Category 1 CarsCategory 2 CarsCategory 3 Cars
BMW i3 Audi A3 e-tron Mercedes-Benz E350 eAMG Line
Citroen CZero BMW 225xe  
Hyundai IONIQ Electric BMW330e  
Kia Soul EV BMW 530e  
Mercedes-Benz B Class Electric Drive Hyundai IONIQ PHEV  
Nissan eNV200 Kia Niro PHEV  
Nissan Leaf Kia Optima PHEV  
Peugeot iON Mercedes-Benz C350 e  
Renault ZOE Mercedes-Benz E350 e SE  
Smart forTwo electric drive MINI Countryman PHEV  
Smart forFour electric drive Mitsubushi Outlander  
Tesla Model S Toyota Prius plug-in  
Tesla Model X Volkswagen Golf GTE  
Toyota Mirai Volkswagen Passat GTE  
Volkswagen e-up! Volvo S90 Twin Engine  
Volkswagen e-Golf Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine  
  Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine  
  Volvo V90 Twin Engine  
  Volco XC60 Twin Engine  

Additionally, there is a £60,000 cap on the price of the vehicle that will be eligible in category 2 and 3, any vehicles over £60,000 will not receive the grant. For vehicles in category 1 there is no price cap, the grant will be received regardless of price.

How do I claim the plug-in car grant?

As the customer, there is nothing that you need to do to receive your grant. The application and all the paperwork will be completed by the dealership handling the purchase of your vehicle.

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Home Charging Grant

Installing a home charger makes charging at home much faster. To help electric car drivers, the Government will also pay up to £500 towards the cost of a new home charge point.

To be eligible for this scheme you must be the registered keeper, leasee or have primary use of an elecetric vehicle. You will also need to have your own off street parking. Full details can be found on gov.uk.

Are vans and motorbikes included in the scheme?

Yes, the scheme extends to mopeds, motorcycles and vans. Each with their own eligibility criteria and grant amounts which can be seen in the following table;

  Eligibility CriteraMaximum Grant Contribution Eligible Vehicles 
Mopeds  Must have no Co2 emissions and travel at least 19 miles between charges.  20% of the purchase price up to £1,500   Torrot Muvi City  UGBEST e-city Vmoto Super Soco TS1200R
Motorcycles  Must have no Co2 emissions and travel at least 31 miles between charges.  20% of the purchase price up to £1,500  BMW C evolution Energica Ego Enigica Eva Scutum Silence S02 Torrot Muvi Vmoto 100 Vmoto 120 Zero Motorcycles (all models) 
Vans  Must have Co2 emissions below 75g/km and travel at least 10 miles emissions free.  20% of the purchase price up to £8,000  BD Otomotiv eTraffic BD Otomotiv eDucato Citroen Berlingo Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial Nissan e-NV200 Peugeot ePartner Renault Kangoo ZE LDV EV80 van LDV EV80 chassis cab 

 

 

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