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Government plug-in grant: what is it and which cars are eligible?

Looking to make the switch to an electric car? Well, you’ll be happy to know you can save money off the price of a brand-new one thanks to a grant from the government that’s designed to encourage the switch to zero-emission vehicles.

This scheme is available across a huge number of electric cars on sale today and sees £2,500 knocked off the list price of an EV for you. Want to see which cars are eligible and find out more about the government plug-in car grant? Read on for full details.

What is the government plug-in car grant?

The government plug-in car grant is a £2,500 grant applied to the cost of a brand new electric vehicle, with an initial RRP under £35,000 including VAT and delivery fees.

To be eligible for the grant, a car must emit less than 50g/km of CO2 while also covering at least 70 miles without producing any emissions. In the UK, this is currently limited to just full-electric vehicles — though manufacturers could potentially introduce qualifying hybrid vehicles down the line.

How do I get the government plug-in car grant?

The good news is you don’t need to do anything other than buy an eligible car to take advantage of the government plug-in car grant. The grant will be automatically knocked off the list price of your electric car, with the dealer or manufacturer making the application for them to receive the difference at the point of sale.

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Can I claim the government plug-in car grant after buying an electric car?

Unfortunately, you can’t claim a grant once you’ve already got your car. As mentioned, it’s applied at the point of sale if you buy a new electric vehicle, so you’d see it as a discount rather than as hard cash.

Does the government plug-in car grant apply to used cars?

The government plug-in car grant only applies to brand-new cars, so you can’t claim a grant towards a second-hand vehicle. With that in mind, you might find it’s not a whole lot more expensive to opt for a brand new electric car than a second-hand equivalent.

Are hydrogen cars eligible for the government plug-in car grant?

Hydrogen cars would theoretically be eligible for the grant, providing they came under the £35,000 threshold. At the time of writing this, though, the only available hydrogen car on the new market in the UK is the Hyundai Nexo — and that’ll set you back at least £69,495.

Are carwow prices inclusive of the government plug-in car grant?

Yep! The offers you’ll see for cars eligible for the government plug-in car grant on carwow are inclusive of the grant. You can be sure you’re getting the best deal available from our trusted dealers, then.

Which cars are eligible for the government plug-in car grant?

To be eligible for the government plug-in car grant, your brand new car must emit no more than 50g/km of CO2 as well as being capable of at least 70 miles on electricity alone. Its RRP must also be below £35,000, inclusive of VAT — worth keeping in mind if you’re looking for deals on something that tips over that figure.

Here’s the full list of the cars currently eligible for the government plug-in car grant:

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