UPDATE: On 11 October 2018, the Government announced changes to the Plug In Car Grant scheme. From 9 November 2018 the grant for Category 1 cars is being cut to £3500, while the grant for Category 2 and 3 cars is being scrapped completely.
The Government Plug-in Car Grant can help you save as much as £4,500 on a selection of brand new environmentally friendly electric and plug-in hybrid cars. The following list contains every car currently eligible for this healthy discount.
Unfortunately, cars costing more than £60,000 won’t qualify for the scheme, regardless of how environmentally friendly they are.
What cars qualify for a category one government grant?
Category one cars are eligible for a grant of 35 per cent of their purchase price, up to a maximum of £4,500. To be eligible, a new car must emit less than 50g/km of CO2 and must be capable of travelling at least 70 miles in between charges. They also have to come with a warranty covering their batteries for at least three years, or 60,000 miles.
Here are the cars that qualify for a category one government grant…
- BMW i3
- Citroen CZero
- Ford Focus Electric
- Hyundai Ioniq
- Kia Soul EV
- Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive
- Mitsubishi iMiEV
- Nissan Leaf
- Peugeot iON
- Renault Zoe
- Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
- Tesla Model S
- Tesla Model X
- Toyota Mirai
- Volkswagen e-Up
- Volkswagen e-Golf
What cars qualify for a category two government grant?
Cars in category two must emit no more than 50g/km of CO2 and should be able to travel between 10 and 69 miles in electric-only mode. These cars will all come with a discount of up to 35 per cent of the car’s value, or £2,500, whichever is less.
Here are the cars that qualify for a category two government grant…
- Audi A3 e-tron
- BMW 225xe Active Tourer
- BMW 330e
- Kia Optima PHEV
- Mercedes C350e
Mercedes E350e SE (with 17-inch alloy wheels only)
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- Toyota Prius Plug-in
- Volkswagen Golf GTE
- Volkswagen Passat GTE
- Volvo V60 D5 and D6 Twin Engine
- Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
What cars qualify for a category three government grant?
Cars eligible for category three grants must be plug-in hybrid vehicles that emit between 50g and 75g/km of CO2 and can travel further than 20 miles in pure-electric mode alone. Cars that fit this bill will be eligible for the same 35 per cent, or £2,500, grant as category two vehicles.
The only car currently eligible for a category three grant is the Mercedes E350e in AMG-Line trim. The larger wheels fitted to this sporty offering mean it can’t quite match entry-level cars in terms of efficiency and, as a result, it slips into category three.