Vehicles eligible for plug-in grant

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The Government surprised everyone on 18th March with the announcement that it was changing the rules for its plug-in vehicle grants. In many cases, by making them significantly less generous.

Cuts to grant amounts

Cars, in particular, have taken quite a hit. The £500 cut to the maximum grant is far from ideal, but it’s the reduction in maximum vehicle cost that was the real surprise. While you can still get a very good electric car for less than £35,000, some of the most popular models effectively went up in price (in terms of what you ultimately pay for them) by £2,500 overnight. This included the Tesla Model 3 (the UK’s best-selling car over the last 12 months) Polestar 2 and the VW iD.4, as well as higher-spec versions of some models.

Changes to grant eligibility

To recap, to be eligible for the plug-in car grant, cars must cost less than £35,000. This is the recommended retail price (RRP), and includes VAT and delivery fees. Small vans must have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and be able to travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all, with larger vans (between 2,500kg and 3,500kg gross vehicle weight) having CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and the ability to travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all.

Vehicles eligible from 18 March 2021

Cars (previously ‘category 1’)

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

  • Citroen ë-C4 – Sense Plus
  • Citroen ë-C4 – Shine
  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense – Prestige
  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense – Performance Line
  • Honda e
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric – Premium
  • Hyundai KONA Electric (39kWh) – SE Connect
  • Hyundai KONA Electric (39kWh) – Premium
  • Kia e-Niro (39kWh) – 2
  • Mazda MX-30
  • MG MG5 EV
  • MG ZS EV
  • MINI Electric – Level 1
  • MINI Electric – Level 2
  • MINI Electric – Level 3
  • Nissan e-NV200 (5 Seater) – Visia
  • Nissan e-NV200 (7 Seater) – Visia
  • Nissan Leaf (40kWh) – Acenta
  • Nissan Leaf (40kWh) – N-Connecta
  • Nissan Leaf (40kWh) – Tekna
  • Peugeot e-208
  • Peugeot e-2008 – Active Premium
  • Peugeot e-2008 – Allure
  • Renault ZOE
  • SEAT Mii electric
  • Skoda Citigo-e iV
  • Skoda ENYAQ iV 60 Nav – Loft
  • Skoda ENYAQ iV 60 Nav – Lodge
  • Smart EQ fortwo
  • Smart EQ forfour
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e
  • Vauxhall Mokka-e – SE Nav Premium
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro (58kWh 145PS) – Life
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance (58kWh 204PS) – Life

To be eligible for the grant, cars must cost less than £35,000. This is the recommended retail price (RRP), and includes VAT and delivery fees.

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

Small vans

These vehicles are less than 2,500 kilograms (kg) gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all:

  • Maxus eDeliver 3 (short wheel base variants)
  • Nissan e-NV200
  • Renault Kangoo ZE
  • Renault Zoe Van

The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for small vans, up to a maximum of £3,000.

Large vans

These vehicles are between 2,500kg and 3,500kg gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all:

  • BD Auto eTraffic
  • BD Auto eDucato (3.5 tonnes)
  • Citroen e-Dispatch
  • LEVC VN5
  • MAN eTGE
  • Maxus eDeliver 3
  • Maxus eDeliver 9
  • Mercedes-Benz eVito
  • Mercedes eSprinter
  • Peugeot e-Expert
  • Renault Master ZE
  • Renault Trucks Master ZE
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-e
  • Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter
  • LDV EV80

The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £6,000.

This list is correct as at 12pm Friday 19th March 2021 and will be regularly updated as more vehicles become available. 

For more information

A list of all the vehicles that are currently eligible for the grant, and the category into which they fall, is available on the Gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants 

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