Plug-In Car Grant – The Removal of Categories 2 & 3

A big blow to the growth of Electric and Plug-In vehicles announced yesterday.

The UK government has announced changes to the Plug-In car grant that will take effect from the 9th November 2018. The changes announced yesterday will mean that the grant rate for Category 1 vehicles will move from £4,500 to £3,500 and Category 2 and 3 vehicles will no longer be eligible for the grant. The current grant has been in place for the last 7 years and has supported the purchase of over 160,000 new cars.

Cars that currently sit in Category One include:

  • BMW i3 and i3s
  • BYD e6
  • Citroen CZero
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric
  • Hyundai KONA Electric
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
  • Nissan e-NV200 (5-seater and 7-seater)
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Peugeot iON
  • Renault ZOE
  • Smart EQ fortwo
  • Smart EQ forfour
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Toyota Mirai
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen e-Golf

*These vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all. Some of these vehicles are subject to change due to the introduction WLTP.

What does this mean for your Fleet

The information so far states that cars ordered before the 9th of November will benefit from the current level of grants available, with the government currently honouring orders processed.

Vehicles that will be affected by the removal of the categories include:

Category Two Cars

  • Audi A3 e-tron
  • BMW 225xe
  • BMW 330e
  • BMW 530e
  • Hyundai IONIQ PHEV
  • Kia Niro PHEV
  • Kia Optima PHEV
  • Mercedes-Benz C350 e (with 17 inch rear wheels)
  • Mercedes-Benz E350 e SE
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (except Commercial)
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE
  • Volvo S90 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V90 Twin Engine
  • Volvo XC60 Twin Engine

*These vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 16km (10 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all.

Category Three Cars

  • Mercedes-Benz E350 e AMG Line
  • MINI Countryman PHEV

*These vehicles have CO2 emissions of 50 to 75g/km and can travel at least 32km (20 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all

If you’re looking to add a new Electric or Hybrid vehicle to your fleet we would recommend reviewing potential options now to make the most of the current grants available. Our Fleet Specialists are here to assist, feel free to get in touch today.

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