UK Plug In Car Grant Extended Through 2018 – With Some Changes

DEC 19 2015 BY MARK KANE 9

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UK Extends Plug-In Car Grant Through February 2016

UK Extends Plug-In Car Grant Through February 2016

The UK government announced the future of the Plug-In Car Grant for beyond February 2016.

The previous incentive of £5,000 (over $7,400 US), introduced in 2011 (and used by about 50,000 people), will be tweaked and extended to the end of March 2018 as part of a new £400 million package.

From March 1, 2016 EVs will be sorted into three categories with incentives of up to £4,500 ($6,700). We believe that the range and emission numbers are for NEDC.

Category 1 – cars with zero emission range of 70 miles or more and CO2 emission below 50 g/km. (£4,500, no price cap)

Category 2 – cars with zero emission range 10-69 miles and CO2 emission below 50 g/km (£2,500, £60,000 price cap)

Category 3 – cars with zero emission range 20 or more miles and CO2 emission 50-75 g/km (£2,500, £60,000 price cap)

£60,000 price tag is about $89,000, so the UK says bye bye to expensive plug-in hybrids, at the same time keeping all the pure electric cars.

There is also a £500 incentive for installing a home charging station.

“From 1 March 2016, 2 grant rates will be available to ensure the funding is sustainable and focus financial support on the greenest vehicles. ‘Category 1’ vehicles with a zero emission range of over 70 miles will benefit from a grant of £4500. ‘Category 2 and 3’ vehicles with a shorter zero emission range — such as plug-in hybrid vehicles with a petrol or diesel engine — will receive £2500.

The new grant levels reflect strong growth in the sector with sales of ULEVs doubling over the past year. Motorists also have a wider choice of 29 ULEVs on the market — 5 times as many as when the plug-in car grant was launched. The UK is also at the forefront of the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which are also eligible for the £4500 grant thanks to their zero tailpipe emissions.

The government has also today announced it will continue to provide a grant to help ULEV owners have a dedicated charge point installed at their home. From 1 March 2016, the electric vehicle homecharge scheme (EVHS) will offer £500 per installation, which on average will cover around half of the cost of getting a charge point.

The plug-in car grant is just one element of a comprehensive £600 million package of measures from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles over the course of this parliament which also includes funding for chargepoints, grants encouraging low emission buses and taxis and R&D funding for innovative technology such as lighter vehicles and longer-lasting car batteries.

To encourage zero emission vehicles and maximise the number of everyday motorists who can benefit from government support, a price cap will also be introduced from 1 March 2016. Category 2 and 3 models with a list price of over £60,000 will not be eligible for the grant, but all category 1 vehicles with a zero emission range of over 70 miles will be eligible for the full £4,500 grant.

The government has committed to make nearly all cars and vans in the UK zero emission by 2050, and announced in the Spending Review to increase funding to £600 million between 2015 and 2020 to support the development, manufacture and uptake of ULEVs.

This commitment was reinforced when the UK was one of 14 international members of the Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance to sign a pledge promoting the uptake of electric cars at the recent Paris climate conference.”

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:

“The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and the plug-in car grant has been key to that success. Extending the grant in a sustainable way ensures more than 100,000 people will benefit from financial support when purchasing these cheap-to-run and green cars. We are determined to keep Britain at the forefront of the technology, increasing our support for plug-in vehicles to £600 million over the next 5 years to cut emissions, create jobs and support our cutting-edge industries.”

Jim Wright, Nissan GB Managing Director, remarked:

“Today’s decision by government has reaffirmed their commitment to the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles. With government support and Nissan’s investment of over £420 million into electric vehicles in the UK, our British made Nissan LEAF has increased in popularity with many UK customers already enjoying the benefits of zero emission and low cost driving. This announcement, together with ongoing infrastructure developments, should see the growth and wider deployment of this technology continue.”

Hat tip to Lindsay P!

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9 Comments on "UK Plug In Car Grant Extended Through 2018 – With Some Changes"

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Is it still limited to 25% of price the car?


Previously the grants were limited to £5000 or 25% of the price whichever was the lower. I believe this was tweaked to 33% recently and it *appears* that this no longer applies at all. Hopefully this will remove the false incentives for a high retail price which then gets heavily discounted when actually sold. As this affects BIK this is a good thing for more sales.

I hope this has gone, it really hinders all of the battery rental deals and keeps anything with a plug above the 20k pounds mark, which I think is a pretty big physiological barrier.

I’m afraid for my money the incentive for PHEVs should be removed altogether and the money spent of a properly planned, strategically located network of rapid, DC chargers instead.

I’m fed up with essentially fossil-fueled hybrids hogging rapid chargers and preventing *real* EVs from using them when the hybrid could just as easily drive to another one allowing the EV driver to charge and continue their journey. This issue is going to get worse and worse until HMG sort this out. It’s now the third key obstacle to real EV uptake after price and range. It might even be the main one now that used EVs are plentiful and relatively cheap.

But the really irksome thing is that HMG is only interested in PHEVs because of the Big Oil political influence – and the same applies to the complete farce that is fuel cell vehicles.

Why can’t a phev use a public charging point? Surely the fact that the owner has a phev means they want to use electric wherever possible otherwise they would have purchased a normal ICE car. I have a rex and only want to use the petrol tank in emergencies.

Thankfully you’re not in charge then. Chargers will always come when there are enough cars on the roads. So now full focus should be on actually get those cars on the road.

And don’t hate on the PHEVs. Lots of people going partly electric is a whole lot better than a few going fully electric.

I agree there is no problem with PHEV using chargers that an EV doesn’t need. However if every car with a 30 mile electric range uses the motorway service station DCFC then it becomes very difficult for pure EVs to get around the country, as they are constantly in a queue to be able to continue their journey. This has the effect of disincentivising EV sales, however as the PHEVs can just use fuel when needed, there is also insufficient drive to expand the chargers available and that is the real problem.

IMO stories about DCFC being blocked up and maybe even a few pictures on the internet of people having to wait in long lines to use public charging infrastructure is far better than the story’s we were getting 18 months ago about how some public charging stations are never used. The solution is not to ban PHEV’s but to build more DCFC’s and perhaps more L2 chargers.