UK Plug-In Grants Claimed Reach 4,553 – Still Trending Higher

JUL 14 2013 BY STATIK 2

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles in the UK has released data on the adoption rate of electric vehicles, specifically in regards the country’s PiCG program (Plug-in Car Grants).

“As of 30 June 2013, 4,553 claims have been made through the Plug-in Car Grant scheme.”

smart ED (electric drive) Is Eligible For The UK Plug-In Grant

smart ED (electric drive) Is Eligible For The UK Plug-In Grant

Considering when we last looked six months ago the number stood at around 3,000 claims, it is easy to see the likes of the new entries (Renault Zoe, smart ED) are having a positive effect on EV adoption.

Looking ahead, if the UK-built (and cheaper) LEAF enjoys anywhere near the sales success seen with domestic production in the US, then the second half should see a continued sky-rocketing of plug-in acceptance in Britain.  The first LEAF build at Nissan’s Sunderland plant was delivered on June 1st.

The entry level “Visia LEAF” is available from just £20,990 ($31,700 USD), while the LEAF Tekna (think top of the line SL in the US) is available from just £25,490 ($38,500), after the government grant.

The program was first introduced in 2011, and allows for a grant of 25% towards the cost of a plug-in car, up to a maximum of £5,000 ($7,550 USD).  In the case of a plug-in van, the program allows for a grant of 20%, up to a maximum of £8,000 ($12,000).

The applicable rebate (and subsequent paperwork) is all done at the dealership level, and the qualifying amount is taken from the price of the vehicle at point of sale.  /refeshing

There are currently 12 “cars” eligible for the scheme:

  • Mia Microbus (Available with a 8 kWh and a 12 kWh battery)

    Mia Microbus (Available with a 8 kWh and a 12 kWh battery).  Up to 77 Miles Of Range On The “NEDC Extra-Urban Cycle”

    Chevrolet Volt

  • Citroen CZero
  • Mia
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Peugeot iOn
  • Renault Fluence ZE
  • Renault Zoe
  • Smart fortwo electric drive
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
  • Vauxhall Ampera
  • Volvo V60

As well as 7 “vans” available:

  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. Got A Facelift In 2013 And Has A Theoretical Range Of 105 Miles (NEDC) From A 22 kWh Lithium Battery

    Renault Kangoo Z.E. Got A Facelift In 2013 And Has A Theoretical Range Of 105 Miles (NEDC) From A 22 kWh Lithium Battery

    Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric

  • Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell
  • Faam ECOMILE
  • Faam JOLLY 2000
  • Mia electric Mia U
  • Renault Kangoo
  • Smith Electric Smith Edison




There are provisions to allow imported vehicles to also qualify, but they must meet the UK government’s standards for the program itself, which are:

Vehicle Specs:

  • Vehicles must emit less than 75 grams of carbon dioxide (CO) per kilometre driven.
  • BEVs -must be able to travel a minimum of 70 miles between charges
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) – must have a minimum electric range of 10 miles
  • Top speed – Vehicles must be able to reach a speed of 60 miles per hour or more
  • Only new cars (M1) are eligible, no motorcycles or quadricycles


  • 3-year or 60,000-miles vehicle warranty (guarantee)
  • 3-year battery and electric drive train warranty, with the option of extending the battery warranty for an extra 2 years

Battery Performance:

  • either a minimum 5-year warranty on the battery and electric drive train as standard
  • or extra evidence of battery performance to show reasonable performance after 3 years of use

To learn more about the program, check out the UK Government’s mini site here

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2 Comments on "UK Plug-In Grants Claimed Reach 4,553 – Still Trending Higher"

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Ocean Railroader
Ocean Railroader

I really think plug in cars could do really well in England and the rest of Europe in that gas prices over there when visited them where in a lot of places over $9.00 dollars a gallon.


Interesting how in order to qualify for the maximum grant you have to sell for 20k and the cheapest vehicle just so happens to be 20kish, if I was still in the uk i’d be heading down to nissian with the oldest most clapped out wreck for trade in and asking for every extra under the sun to be thrown in. Free servicing, insurance, low interest lone, what ever I could get away with