What the government’s plug-in grant means for EV owners


There’s some good news for EV owners. The government has introduced a plug-in grant, which means that car dealerships and manufacturers receive grants that they’ll use to reduce the price when you buy a 100% electric or plug-in hybrid car

The grant has been commissioned until 2020 with a £100million pledge and the financial assistance being provided to alternatively-fuelled shows the growing market for EV in the UK, which we think is very welcome and about time.

Valuable Changes

The plug-in grant’s actually been around since 2011, but at this point EV prices were much higher and there was less choice in the market place for a low-emission vehicle. There was also a set grant of £5,000 for all eligible vehicles, because of the change in the market, the grant has been adapted for the current climate.

This is a fantastic financial incentive to encourage more consumers to go green and choose a low-emission vehicle. Compiling CO2 emissions data, the government has organised 3 categories of electric car which will determine the grant received. Vehicles that are not approved by the government aren’t included on the list.

  • Category 1

We’re pleased to see that Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X are included in Category 1. Category 1 vehicles have a zero emission range of over 70 miles, which means 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, with a grant of up to a maximum of £4,500.

£4,500 off the ‘on the road’ price makes a big difference to consumer purchasing decisions, especially because of the price of some EV models.

  • Category 2

This includes vehicles that emit emissions less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of between 10 and 69 miles. The value of the car must be £60,000 or less too and they’ll receive £2,500 – this tends to be cars like the Audi A3 e-tron and Toyota Prius Plug-in.

  • Category 3

Again vehicles must have an ‘on the road’ price of £60,000 or less and qualify for the £2,500 grant when they emit CO₂ emissions of 50 to 75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles. Models include the Mercedes-Benz E350 e AMG Line and the MINI Countryman PHEV.

How to get the Grant

You don’t need to worry about anything as the grant is administered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and your car dealership will sort out all of the required paperwork so you’ll benefit from a reduction.

Take a look at our vehicles available to buy here.

We also offer a rental option for EVs and of course, our Tesla Members Club means that you can benefit from our on-demand, car sharing scheme.

Other Bonuses

If you have a charging port at home then you can also receive up to £500 from the government towards the cost of installation or your local authority should be able to install one in your street with government funding.

There’s also a Workplace Charging Scheme, so your workplace can benefit from a grant of up to £300 per charging socket they install. There may also be other local bonuses in your area, especially London.

For more information or advice, contact our experienced 3F EV team today.

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