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Plug-In Car Grant

A complete guide that covers what the plug-in car grant is and how you can claim it to reduce the cost of your plug-in vehicle by up to £4,500.

What is the plug-in car grant?

The government plug-in car grant is designed to promote the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK.

The grant provides up to £4,500 towards the cost of an eligible plug-in vehicle.

  • The plug-in car grant applies at the time of purchase and is usually given as a discount off the purchase price of a vehicle.
  • The grant will be offered until 2018.

What does the plug-in car grant offer electric car drivers?

  • The plug-in car grant reduces the cost of eligible fully electric vehicles by up to £4,500.
  • The grant also applies to eligible plug-in hybrid vehicles, up to £2,500.
  • Applicable to new vehicles up to a value of £60,000.

How do I qualify for the plug-in car grant?

To qualify for the plug-in car grant, you need to purchase a qualifying electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle from 1st March 2016 onwards.

  • Most full electric and plug-in hybrids vehicles are eligible for the grant.
  • If fully electric, the vehicle must have a range of at least 70 miles.
  • The vehicle must be chosen from the list of eligible vehicles.

Which cars are eligible for the plug-in car grant?

The vast majority of plug-in vehicles available in the UK today are eligible for the grant.

Eligible Electric Vehicles:

  • BMW i3
  • BYD e6
  • Citroen CZero
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Mahindra e20
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
  • Nissan e-NV200 (5-seater and 7-seater)
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Peugeot iON
  • Renault Fluence
  • Renault ZOE
  • Smart fortwo electric drive
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Toyota Mirai
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen e-Golf

Eligible Hybrid Vehicles:

  • Audi A3 e-tron
  • BMW 225xe
  • BMW 330e
  • Kia Optima Saloon PHEV
  • Mercedes-Benz C350 e (with 17 inch rear wheels)
  • Mercedes-Benz E350 e SE
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (except GX3h 4Work)
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Vauxhall Ampera
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE
  • Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine
  • Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum

How do I claim the plug-in car grant?

The grant is applied at the time of purchase and your manufacturer will guide you through the application process.