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2016 Electric Plug-in Car UK Government Grant Scheme

Since the introduction of the Plug-in Car grant in January 2011 up and until 1st March 2016 the UK government have been contributing £5,000 towards the cost/purchase of eligible Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEVs).

As all good things unfortunately come to an end this particular scheme like most others are capped and the number of grants usually come to an end before the majority of the public realise or even get the chance to enquire.

The electric plug-in car grant has promoted the electric car industry to some degree and we are now seeing more and more year on year increase number of electric cars on the UK roads.

Did you know?

  • According to SMMT there have been 51,042 grant eligible electric vehicles registered since the scheme was introduced January 2011.
  • In February 2016, last month 1.5% of total new car registrations where eligible electric plug-in cars that qualified for the grant. That’s an increase of 61.5% compared to the same period in 2015, last year.

These stats in our opinion mean that not only more UK drivers are taking the advantage of this grant but we are more aware and concerned about the environment and making an effort to go green.

Changes from 1st March 2016

The UK government website have announced the following changes to the Plug-in Car grant:

  • The standard grant of 25% which gave up to £5,000 has now been replaced by 35% of the *cost of a car, up to a maximum of either £2,500 or £4,500 depending on the (ULEVs) model
  • The eligibility of vehicles are now categorised into 4 segments each of which define the amount of grant according to the CO² emission and the Zero Emission Range which is interestingly enough the distance a vehicle can travel without producing any CO² emissions.

NOTE: An important condition to note is that cost of the car does not include delivery, first registration fee and any optional extras.

Eligible Categories

  • Category 1: CO² emissions under 50g/km | Zero Emissions Range of at least 70 miles | 35% or maximum of £4,500
  • Category 2: CO² emissions under 50g/km | Zero Emissions Range of 10-69 miles | 35% or maximum of £2,500
  • Category 3:CO² emissions 50g – 75g km | Zero Emissions Range of at least 20 miles | 35% or maximum of £2,500

Eligible Cars on Business Lease

You can visit our business lease cars deals page where you can use the keyword search feature on “Plugin Electric” to go through a whole list of car models but please make sure they have CO² emissions below 75g/km to be eligible for the grant. You can alternatively choose from the listed car choices below that we know that could pre-qualify.

Toyota Prius Hatchback 1.8 VVTi Active 5dr CVT Auto starting from £215 + VAT

Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 Estate GX3h starting from £286 +VAT

BMW 3 Series Saloon 330e starting from £329 + VAT

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225xe starting from £478 + VAT

Mercedes-Benz S Class Saloon S500e starting from £725 + VAT

Unfortunately for some, the most desired premium electric cars costing over the maximum threshold of £60,000 although falling into category 2 and 3 are not eligible so before you get carried away we have listed these for your reference below:

BMW i8 (category 2)

Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid (category 3)

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid (category 3)

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Posted on 7th March 2016 at 5:05 PM

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