What is The UK Plug-In Car Grant?

In short terms, the UK Plug-In Car Grant offers discounts on low-emission vehicles.  Read on to see our guide to eligible cars and how much you can save!

Electric vehicles are seen as the future of the automobile world, with government bodies across the globe setting different goals for the number of EVs they aim to see on the road in years to come. In a similar manner, the UK Government launched a Plug-In Car Grant scheme in 2011 to help reduce local emission levels. Providing a cash incentive to those purchasing a new EV, ultimately reducing the list price of the electric or hybrid vehicle, has lead to an increase in number of EV's on our roads from 22,249 in the first half of 2017, to over 29,000 first half of this year(*). The government has confirmed that the incentive will stay in place until at least 2020, with more funding possibly being poured into the pot in the future. 

What cars qualify for the Plug-In Grant?

As with most things, the money you can save on the scheme is dependent on what vehicle model you are purchasing.  Firstly, you need to know if your car falls into one of the three categories of low emission vehicle that the Governemnt uses to determine if the vehicle qualifies for the Plug-In grant:

Category 1 - Vehicles with a range of 70 miles producing zero emissions, and a manufacturer quoted CO2 emissions figure of less than 50g/km.
Category 2 - Vehicles with a range of at least 10 miles producing zero emissions, and a manufacturer quoted CO2 emissions figure of less than 50g/km.
Category 3 - Vehicles with a range of at least 20 miles producing zero emissions, and a manufacturer quoted CO2 emissions figure of between 50-75g/km.

Category 1 vehicles qualify for the maximum amount available from the Plug-In scheme, which equals 35% of the car's value, up to a maximum of £4,500.
Category 2 and 3 vehicles also qualify for a 35% reduction, but the maximum amount saved is less than that of Cat 1 vehicles, totalling £2,500. There is also a cap on the list price of cars in Cat 2 and 3, meaning that if your car has a retail price of over £60,000, it does not qualify for the Plug-In grant at all.

How to Apply for the Plug-In Car Grant

There is no need for potential buyers to do anything to ensure that the grant is applied to the car they wish to purchase. The grant is deducted from the vehicles list price, meaning that the dealer will handle the paperwork. 

Cars Currently Eligible for the Plug-In Car Grant (*)


Category 1

(£4,500 Grant)

BMW i3/i3s (including Range Extender)
BYD e6
Citroen C-Zero
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Jaguar I-Pace
Kia Soul EV
Nissan e-NV200 5-seater and 7-seater
Nissan Leaf
Peugeot iOn
Renault Zoe
Smart fortwo electric drive
Smart forfour electric drive
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model X
Toyota Mirai
Volkswagen e-up!
Volkswagen e-Golf


Category 2

(£2,500 Grant)

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
BMW 225xe
BMW 330e
BMW 530e
Hyundai Ioniq PHEV
Kia Niro PHEV
Kia Optima PHEV
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (except Commercial)
Toyota Prius Plug-in
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine
Volvo V90 T8 Twin Engine


Category 3

(£2,500 Grant)

Mini Countryman S E PHEV
Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

PHEVs that don't qualify for the grant (costs more than £60,000):
Audi Q7 e-tron
BMW 740e
BMW i8
BMW X5 xDrive40e
Mercedes GLE 500e
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
Range Rover P400e
Range Rover Sport P400e
Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

OLEV - Grant Schemes for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

As well as the Plug-In Grant, you can get a further £500 grant from the Government towards the installation of charging points in your household. Read more about how to apply for the OLEV Homecharge Scheme on the Gov.uk website here. There is also information on how to apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme.

If you have any questions about anything EV charging related, please get in touch and we will help you out! Looking for a charge point? Visit the ecoHarmony's online store to find our chargers, cables and other components you may need.


Author: Christine Bjerkan

Gov.uk (Figures correct as of 6th July 2018)