• Plug-in Car Grant extended to 2022-23
  • Grant reduced to £3000
  • Cars above £50,000 excluded from grant
  • Grant schemes  continue to support vans (up to £8,000), large vans and trucks (up to £20,000), taxis (up to £7,500) and motorbikes (up to £1,500)

THE government has extended the Plug-in Car Grant for electric vehicles in its Budget.

However, the amount available has been reduced by £500 to £3000 effective March 12, 2020.

In addition to the reduction in the grant has been the exclusion of cars in excess of £50,000  – for example cars like the Audi e-tron SUV. Again this is effective March 12, 2020.

The government says that it will allow more drivers to benefit from making the switch for a longer period.

The grant continues to support electric vans up to £8000.

The plug-in car grant, which has been available since 2011, may well reduce further over time, said the government.

The grant rate was originally set at £5000 for all eligible ultra low emission cars. In 2018, the grant was changed to focus on zero-emission cars to the exclusion of PHEVs. 

To date the plug-in car grant has provided over £800 million to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles, which now represent almost 6% of the new car market.

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