UK Breaks 25,000 Plug-In Cars Sold Barrier; Announces New Categories For Plug-In Car Grant

FEB 13 2015 BY MARK KANE 4



Sales of electric cars are growing quickly in the UK.

The UK Department for Transport, Office for Low Emission Vehicles announced that the cumulative number of ultra-low emission vehicles sold has broke past the 25,000 barrier.

“The popularity of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) continues to rise sharply, with more than 25,000 plug-in car and plug-in van grant claims submitted since the scheme began in 2010.

Even the traditionally quiet January sales market saw nearly 2000 claims and total ULEV sales in 2014 were some 4 times the level of the previous year. The UK is now ahead of France and Germany in ULEV take-up, placing this country at the forefront of this green and cheap-to-run car technology. The acceleration in popularity is matched by the growing number of ULEV models on the market with some 25 car models and 7 van models eligible for the plug-in grant. A further 40 ULEV models from major manufacturers are expected to come to market over the next 3 years.”

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer stated:

“More and more people are deciding a ULEV is the right choice for them. They are great to drive, easily chargeable at home or on the street, and cheap to use with running costs from just 2 pence a mile. The government’s £500 million investment will help more models become available to suit a wide range of budgets. This thriving industry will support jobs and build a stronger economy.”

The UK has two incentive systems – the Plug-in car grant (£5,000) for passenger cars and Plug-in van grant (£8,000). Both are in force until 50,000 cars or 2017.

We don’t know what will happen when the cap of 50,000 is reached, but the government is preparing for this by introducing three categories for the Plug-in car grant to diversify incentives later:

“To take account of rapidly developing technology, and the growing range of ULEVs on the market, the criteria for the plug-in car grant are being updated. From April 2015, eligible ULEVs must meet criteria in one of the following categories depending on emission levels and zero-emission-capable mileage:

  • Category 1: CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles
  • Category 2: CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range between 10 and 69 miles
  • Category 3: CO2 emissions of 50-75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles.

As announced in April 2014, vehicles in all categories will continue to be eligible for the full grant of up to £5000, until either 50,000 grants are issued or 2017, whichever is first. The new categories will better reflect the range of vehicles on the market and make them accessible to the widest range of people.

Grant availability will continue to be promoted as part of the Go Ultra Low campaign which is jointly funded by government and industry. The campaign aims to increase consumer and fleet uptake by highlighting the increasing variety and benefits of ULEVs.”

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The grant in UK is about that high as in France – so imho the reason that they are leader in ULEV sales could be the quick charging infrastructure.
France will get more quick chargers soon, only Germany is disappointing. I expected them to at least rule with the infrastructure as a nationnof builders and organizers…

The charging infrastructure is actually pretty good in Germany. One of the best for countries that don’t have a single company with the resources to build a complete network (Fastned in Holland, Ecotricity in UK, Clever in Denmark). And there are some interesting projects planned, including quick chargers at most Autobahn reststops.

I think the lack of financial incentives is a bigger problem in Germany.


“(blah, blah)… easily chargeable at home or on the street…, (blah, blah)”

Clearly Ms Kramer is living in la-la land. 60% of the UK’s housing stock have no off-street parking so how the Dickens are they going to charge a car ‘at home’? Half the street-side charge points in London are defective. Really, she is utterly clueless!


70% of car owners in the UK have off street parking. That’s the number that’s important.