Though The Future Of PiCG Grants Are Ambiguous, One Thing Is For Certain, EV Buyers Can Still Take Advantage Of The Incentives!
If there is one learning from industries that have developed with the support of government incentives, is that, the subsidies offered becomes less attractive over time, and in most cases, are terminated far sooner than industry and consumer expectations. The solar industry in the UK is certainly a case in point.
The electric vehicle industry is no different, in that, like the renewable energy industry, the EV sector has depended on UK government grants, to include, the plug-in car grant (PiCG) and the Electric Home Charging Scheme (EVHS) grant, to attract buyer interest and develop the UK EV market. These grants are eventually funded by the taxpayer.
Despite the increase in the adoption of EVs in the UK and the governments intention to move forward the date for the ban of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to 2035, for the successful mass-adoption of electric cars, a long-term and robust incentive framework is imperative. A number of key industry participants, to include the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) and even e-zoomed have been vocal in their concerns about the current ambiguity on the future of the PiCG incentive.
The PiCG is for low-emission vehicles approved by the UK government and managed by the Office For Low-Emission Vehicles (OLEV). We first published a complete guide for the electric car grant in April 2019. Since then there have been some changes to the grant restricting the type of low-emission vehicles eligible for the grant. In short, the former Category 1 electric vehicles are still eligible, however, the former category 2 and 3 vehicles are not eligible. The UK government is keen to promote the uptake of battery-electric vehicles or all-electric cars. Also the amount of grant was reduced from £4,500 to £3,500.
The UK new electric vehicle grant covers 6 categories of low-emission vehicles, to include:
- Large vans and trucks
In the case of electric cars, to be eligible for the plug-in car grant, the EVs have to be able to achieve at least 70 miles zero-emission electric driving and CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km. The grant is up to a maximum of 35% of the purchase price but no more than £3,500. The good news with the grant is, that a consumer does not need to do anything to claim the grant. The process is managed directly between the vehicle dealerships/ manufacturers and the government.
Examples of some all-electric cars eligible for the PiCG are:
- Tesla Model 3
- Tesla Model X
- SEAT Mii Electric
- Peugeot e-208
- Peugeot e-2008
- Renault Zoe
- Nissan Leaf
- Porsche Taycan
- MG ZS EV
- Hyundai Kona Electric
- Audi e-tron
For e-motorcycles, to be eligible, the vehicles should be able to travel 31 miles and have no tailpipe emissions. For e-mopeds, to be eligible, will have to travel 19 miles and no emissions. If ever in doubt about the eligibility of an green car for PiCG, best to ask the dealership. Also, for avoidance of any doubt, the grant is only available for new electric cars i.e. used electric cars are not eligible.
We at e-zoomed encourage you to take advantage of the current PiCG grant to acquire an electric car. We can certainly assist you in sourcing and financing an EV. Simply follow the links below.
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