Plug-in Grant Levels from March 2016

From 1 March 2016, plug-in grant levels for cars changed. The new grant levels will be based on the environmental performance of the vehicle.

Ultra low emission vehicles are placed into 4 categories on the basis of their CO2 emissions and their zero emission range.

The categories are:

Category Minimum CO2 (g/km) Maximum CO2 (g/km) Minumum range (miles) Maximum range (miles) Grant amount (£) Maximum price (OTR - Delivery - FRF) (£)
Category 1 0 50 70.0 No limit 4,500 No limit
Category 2 0 50 10.0 69.0 2,500 60,000
Category 3 50 75 20.0 No limit 2,500 60,000
Van 0 75 10.0 No limit 8,000 No limit

The grant will be maintained at these levels until 1 March 2017, or until a prescribed number of each type of vehicle have been sold, whichever is sooner.

A price cap for category 2 and 3 vehicles will also operate from 1 March 2016. Vehicles that cost £60,000 and above will no longer be eligible for the grant. There will be a derogation for category 1 vehicles, which will remain eligible for the full grant.

Category 1 Vehicles
Make Model Eligible Derivatives
BMW i3 6
BYD e6 0
Citroen C-Zero 1
Ford Focus 1
Hyundai IONIQ 2
Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell 1
Kia Soul EV 1
Mahindra e2o 2
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive 6
Mitsubishi i-Miev 0
Nissan e-NV200 Combi 10
Nissan e-NV200 Evalia 4
Nissan Leaf 5
Peugeot iOn 1
Renault Fluence 0
Renault Zoe 10
Smart ed 0
Tesla Model S 6
Tesla Model X 3
Toyota Mirai 1
Volkswagen e-Golf 1
Volkswagen e-up! 1
Category 3 Vehicles
Make Model Eligible Derivatives
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 350e PHEV Saloon 3

Futher information and frequently asked questions regarding the plug-in grant changes for cars can be found on the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) website.