Plug-In Car Grant
The government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles
(OLEV) administer a grant scheme to offer 35% of the purchase price (up to a maximum of
£5,000) towards a qualifying
electric car, to address the fact that these cars currently cost more due to
low production volume and new technology. There is also
a similar Plug-In Van Grant for commercial vehicles.
The Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) is administered very
simply at the dealership when completing the purchase of
the vehicle. There is no 'qualification' process for the
purchaser - it is open to all: private individuals,
small businesses and large fleet operators.
Minimal administration at the point of sale enables the
dealer to apply the discount to the purchase price of the car so there is no need to pay
upfront and claim it back.
OLEV do require a short survey to be completed to help
them to track the buying habits of purchasers (e.g.
"Will this be your only vehicle?" and "Will this be your
main vehicle?") and they require you to acknowledge that
you have been advised about safe recharging: e.g. using
a wallbox at home; not using extension cables;
exercising care about charging in 'random' locations.
Only vehicles appearing on the approved list are
eligible for grant assistance so be sure to check that
the vehicle in which you are interested appears below...
As of 24th March 2012 the 11 vehicles which are
*not yet available to the public
Note: Renault Kangoo ZE
Crew Van whilst having all-round windows and 5
seats (and treated as a car in most other respects
including taxation) actually appears on the Plug-In Van Grant list
since it is 'homologated' as a van. The funding
level is similar.
Please check that
prices quoted by manufacturers include or exclude the
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