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Grants for electric vehicles

The Government offers up to £4,500 off the price of eligible pure electric cars, £2500 off the price of eligible plug-in hybrid cars, and up to £8,000 off the price of a new electric van. The official names for these grants are the Plug-in Car Grant and the Plug-in Van Grant.

The Plug-In Car Grant gives you 35% off the showroom price of an eligible car, up to £4,500. Eligible cars are split into three categories:

  • Category 1: Eligible cars with a zero emission range of over 70 miles will receive a grant of £4,500 (covering pure electric cars such as the BMW i3 and Nissan LEAF)
  • Category 2: Eligible ars that have CO₂ emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of between 10 and 69 miles (typically hybrids such as the Audi A3 e-tron and Toyota Prius Plug-in) will receive £2,500.
  • Category 3: Eligible cars with CO₂ emissions of 50 to 75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles will also receive £2,500.

The process for getting the grant is easy. You don’t really have to do anything. When you buy your car, the dealership will complete all of the paperwork on your behalf at point of purchase. The grant is administered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and they have set a number of criteria that eligible cars have to meet; these include ensuring all cars meet certain safety requirements.

Information on cars eligible for the Grant is available here.

You can also access a Plug-in Grant if you need a van. The grant will give you up to £8,000 of the price* of a van. Again, applied as you buy.

Information on vans eligible for the Plug-in Grant is available here. *see source

Grants and savings

The Government is helping with the upfront purchase costs of many new electric (plug-in) car, van or motorcycle models. The Plug-in Grant gives you 35% off the price of a car, up to a maximum of either £2,500 or £4,500 depending on the model; 20% of the cost of a van, up to a maximum of £8,000; and 20% of the cost of a motorcycle, to a maximum of £1,500* See full details here.

Still concerned? As with all vehicles, there are a range of finance package options to spread the cost. With some models you can even consider buying the car and leasing the battery, giving you complete peace of mind for the lifetime of your battery.

*see source

Local bonuses

It is worth exploring your local area to see what regional initiatives you could benefit from. In London, Go Ultra Low cars receive a 100% discount from the London Congestion Charge, saving up to £11.50 per day. Go Ultra Low vehicles benefit from discounted or free parking at various handy locations in a number of regions. This allows you to park for free when visiting the local high street or even driving to meetings.

Grants for infrastructure

If you are regularly going to charge at home, installing an authorised home charging unit is the fastest, easiest and safest way to charge your car – and comes with a Government grant of up to £500 towards the cost of installation. To qualify, you need to be the registered keeper, lessee or have primary use of an eligible electric vehicle, with dedicated off-street parking.

If you don’t have a driveway or garage, you can still get help for a chargepost on your street. The Government has directed funds for local authorities to enable them to respond to resident requests for on-street residential charging solutions. Ask your local council whether it is participating in this scheme. To find out more, please click here.

To make commuting in your Go Ultra Low car even easier, the Workplace Charging Scheme also enables any business, charity or public authority to claim a grant of up to £300 per charging socket towards the cost of installing EV chargepoints, providing they have dedicated off-street parking for staff.

Please click here to find out more about the OLEV grants available.

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