Which Electric Cars Are Eligible For The UK Plug-In Car Grant In 2020: The Complete Guide

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Though Electric Cars Are Here To Stay, The Fantastic Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG) Will Not Be Around As Long. So Take Advantage While It Lasts! Buy A Zero Tailpipe Emission EV Now! 

With the continue rise in electric cars in the UK, it is not surprising that many potential buyers of green cars are trying to understand the incentive or grant available for buying an electric vehicle.  Zero-emission electric driving is fast becoming mainstream in the UK, as consumers seek cleaner options for transportation.

The ongoing COVID 19 has given us all an opportunity to embrace a world with lower air pollution, given the reduced levels of road traffic between March 2020 and November 2020. Internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel cars have a significant detrimental impact on air quality in our cities, towns and village, with harmful implication on children and the elderly. 

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SMMT New Car Registration October 2020 (credit: SMMT)

The October 2020 New Car Registrations announcement from the SMMT was not surprising. Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) were up a whopping 195.2% compared to October 2019. Moreover year-to-date, BEVs are up an astounding 168.7%, in a market characterized by significant falls in volumes for petrol and diesel cars. We at e-zoomed expect this trend to continue as we progress with the remainder of 2020 and move into 2021.

2020 also introduced the very first World EV Day on 9th September 2020. The event was a resounding success.

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World EV Day

It is also evident that consumers have been prudent in taking advantage of the currently available incentives to purchase an electric car. The plug-in car grant (PiCG) commenced in 1st January 2011 with a grant up to £5,000 towards the purchase of an electric car. The grant was then revised down to £4,500 and revised further down to the current levels of £3,000.

We can expect a further reduction in the electric car incentives and in due course, we expect these grants to be terminated. So bottom-line, take advantage of these incentives while still available! Before we proceed to list the EVs eligible for the UK plug-in car grant (PiCG), it is important to understand the different types of electric vehicles (EVs), as not all low-emission are eligible for the UK electric car incentive scheme.

A variety of EVs qualify for the PiCG, to include electric cars, electric motorcycles and scooters, electric mopeds, electric vans, electric taxis and even large electric vans and trucks. This article focuses on electric cars, in particular on battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). 

Qualifying Criteria For Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG) For Electric Cars

  • Electric car with CO2 emissions of less than 50 g/km and can travel at least 70 miles (112 kms) zero-emissions
  • Electric car must cost less than £50,000 (RRP) to include VAT and delivery fees. 
  • Grant up to 35% of the purchase price, capped to a maximum of £3,000.
  • The UK government currently lists 38 pure electric cars (previously ‘category1’) on its website. 

Electric Cars Eligible For The Plug-In Car Grant 

  • BMWi3 and i3s
  • BYD e6
  • Citroen e-C4
  • Citroen e-SpaceTourer
  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense 
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E (AWD, Standard Range Battery)
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E (RWD)
  • Honda e
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric 
  • Hyundai KONA Electric 
  • Kia e-Niro
  • Kia Soul EV 
  • Mazda MX-30
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive 
  • Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer 
  • MS MG5 EV
  • MG ZS EV
  • MINI Electric 
  • Nissan e-NV200 (5-seater and 7-seater)
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Peugeot e-208
  • Peugeot e-2008
  • Polestar 2
  • Renault ZOE
  • SEAT Mii electric 
  • Skoda Citigo-e iV
  • Smart EQ fortwo
  • Smart EQ forfour
  • Tesla Model 3 Long Range 
  • Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus 
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen e-Golf!
  • Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro (62 kWh)
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S (82 kWh)
  • Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition

To claim the grant, a buyer does not need to do anything as this will be managed by the dealership and manufacturer. The cost of your purchase price will reflect the grant. 

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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