Electric cars subsidy UK: plug-in car and van grants explained

As with solar power for your home and other forms of renewable energy, you can now get electric cars subsidy grants from the government. There are conditions to meet and there’s a ceiling to the amount you can get for a car or van, but the government’s plug-in car and van grants are worth investigating if you cover a lot of miles for business.
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How it works

You can get a grant that covers part of the cost of acquiring a new electric (plug-in) car or van if you meet certain conditions. Grants are available for 25% of the cost of a car, up to a maximum of £5,000 and 20% of the cost of a van up to a maximum of £8,000. Any vehicle that’s charged with electricity is applicable so this is a great way to update your fleet with modern electric-powered vehicles.

Costs covered

The grant has to be spent against a new car or van and it is used to part-pay the vehicle itself, the cost of number plates, vehicle excise duty and VAT. All optional extras like delivery charges are not covered within the percentage amounts the government quote on the dedicated gov.uk webpage.


At the moment there’s a limited lists of cars and vans that are covered by the grant. These vehicles can be full electric, plug-in hybrid electrics or hydrogen powered.

List of eligible cars

  • BMW i3
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Citroen CZero
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Mia Electric Mia
  • Mitsubishi iMiEV
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan e-NV200 5-seater Combi
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Peugeot iON
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
  • Renault Fluence
  • Renault ZOE
  • Smart fortwo electric drive
  • Tesla Model S
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Vauxhall Ampera
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volvo V60

List of eligible vans

  • BD Otomotiv eTraffic
  • Citroen Berlingo
  • Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell
  • Faam ECOMILE
  • Faam JOLLY 2000
  • Mia electric Mia U
  • Nissan e-NV200 cargo van
  • Peugeot ePartner
  • Renault Kangoo ZE
  • Smith Electric Smith Edison

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