Plug-In Electric Car Grant (PiCG) 2021: The Complete Guide For The UK

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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! 

Last week, the UK government announced a further change to the incentive framework offered for electric vehicles (EVS) in the UK. The incentive, more commonly known as the Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG) has been reduced i.e. the maximum grant now available is £2,500 (reduced from £3,000). This is not the first time and nor will it be the last that the grant is revised lower!

The government is keen to encourage the uptake of affordable electric cars, hence the reason why the criteria for an EV to qualify has been reduced from £50,000 purchase price (RRP) to £35,000 purchase price (RRP). Best-selling electric cars like the Tesla Model 3 do not qualify for the grant.

The EV sector has seen an increase in the availability of affordable electric vehicles in the recent past and e-zoomed offers a number of affordable EVs for lease, to include, the SEAT Mii Electric One, the Volkswagen e-up battery-electric vehicle (BEV), and many more! According to the government, the market has witnessed an increase of 50% in affordable EVs costing less than £35,000 since 2019.

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The SEAT Mii Electric Qualifies For The Grant And Is Available To Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: SEAT)

Electric Vehicles Eligible For Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG)

There are 7 categories of electric vehicles (EVs), eligible for a grant. EVs have to be approved by the government to be eligible. EV categories approved include:

  • Electric cars
  • Electric motorcycles
  • Electric mopeds
  • Electric small vans
  • Electric large vans
  • Electric taxis
  • Electric trucks

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 £35,000 (RRP) to include VAT and delivery fees. 
  • Grant up to 35% of the purchase price, capped to a maximum of £2,500.

Electric Cars Eligible For The Plug-In Car Grant 

  • BMW i3
  • BMW i3s
  • Citroen ë-C4
  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense – Prestige
  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense – Performance Line
  • Fiat 500e
  • Honda e
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric – Premium
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric – Premium SE
  • Hyundai KONA Electric (39kWh) – SE Connect
  • Hyundai KONA Electric (39kWh) – Premium
  • Hyundai KONA Electric (64kWh) – Premium
  • Kia e-Niro (39kWh) – 2
  • Kia e-Niro (64kWh) – 2
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Mazda MX-30
  • MG MG5 EV (52.5kWh)
  • MG MG5 EV (61.1kWh)
  • MG ZS EV
  • MINI Electric
  • Nissan e-NV200 (5 Seater)
  • Nissan e-NV200 (7 Seater)
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Peugeot e-208
  • Peugeot e-2008 – Active Premium
  • Peugeot e-2008 – Allure
  • Peugeot e-2008 – Allure Premium
  • Renault ZOE
  • SEAT Mii electric
  • Skoda Citigo-e iV
  • Skoda ENYAQ iV 60 Nav – ecoSuite
  • Skoda ENYAQ iV 60 Nav – Lodge
  • Skoda ENYAQ iV 60 Nav – Loft
  • Skoda ENYAQ iV 60 Nav – Lounge
  • Skoda ENYAQ iV 60 Nav – Suite
  • Smart EQ fortwo
  • Smart EQ forfour
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e
  • Vauxhall Mokka-e
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life – Combi
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro (58kWh 145PS) – Life
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance (52kWh 204PS) – Family
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance (58kWh 204PS) – Life
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pure (52kWh 148PS) – Family
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pure Performance (45kWh 150PS)
  • Volkswagen ID.4 Pure (52kWh 148PS) – Life

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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