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Which electric cars and plug-in hybrids get government plug-in car grant?

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…

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…

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.

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