The government wants more of us to drive electric cars and vans so since 2011 they’ve given financial help to buyers of new EVs. The Plug-in Car Grant for eligible EVs is a maximum of £4,500 and up to £8,000 for electric vans and this will continue until March 2018 and is available for both fleet and private buyers. You don’t have to actually do anything and the selling dealer deducts the discount from the list price.
There are three categories:
Category 1 – CO2 emissions up to 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles.
Category 2 CO2 emissions up to 50g/km and a zero emission range of between 10 and 69 miles.
Category 3 CO2 emission of between 50-75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles.
EVs in Category 1 get the full £4,500 grant and Category 2 and 3 are eligible for £2,500. Cars in Category 2 and 3 with a new price of more than £60,000 won’t get the grant. But if the EV is in Category 1 and over £60k (like a Tesla) you’ll still get the full grant. Category 2 and 3 include eligible plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVS) like the Mitsubishi Outlander and VW, Toyota, Mercedes and BMW PHEVs.
The grants – part of £900 million being spent by the government on ultra low emission vehicle support - are made available through the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and you’ll find more details at www.olev.gsi.gov.uk