Electric car grant: the lowdown on the changes for 2016

Considering buying an electric car? From yesterday (1st March 2016) the electric car grant (also known as the plug-in car grant), which helps car buyers with the cost of buying a new electric car, has changed. These changes will help even more drivers switch to an electric car, as the grant has been extended until at least March 2018.

Electric vehicles are now split into one of three categories based on their CO₂ emissions and their zero emission range. The higher the zero emission range and lower the CO2, the more afforded by the grant. Cars that have a shorter zero emission range will receive less.

The new categories:

  • Category 1: 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: Cars 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: Cars with CO₂ emissions of 50 to 75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles will also receive £2,500.

Cars priced over £60,000 that fall into Categories 2 or 3 will no longer be eligible for the grant.

And if you’re interested in the other available grants, the plug-in van grant, offering up to £8,000 off the price of an electric van, continues unchanged. The home charging point grant also continues, offering £500 to help with the cost of installing a charging socket at your home.

To find out more, including a list of eligible vehicles and FAQs visit the announcement page on gov.uk. If purchasing a car please speak to your local dealer to check availability of the grant before you make your purchase.

To choose your electric car, use our car selector tool.

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