Motorists can save up to £16,000 on electric vehicles through grants and incentives

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More electric vehicles are sold in 2021 than over the past five years combined with 190,727 new registrations, as well as 114,553 plug-in hybrids. Motorists can benefit from grants which provide money towards the cost of an EV, as well as other schemes which make it easier to get an EV charging station at home.

Government Plug-in Grant 

The maximum grant available for an electric car through the Government’s plug-in grant programme is £1,500.

These vehicles have zero tailpipe CO2 emissions and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any emissions at all, and include brands like Vauxhall, Mini, Nissan and Volkswagen.

To be eligible for the grant, the car must have a recommended retail price (RRP) of less than £32,000, including VAT and delivery fees.

The grant will pay for 35 percent of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £1,500.

Motorcycles which have no CO2 emissions and can travel at least 50kmh (31 miles) can receive up to 35 percent off the cost, up to a maximum of £500.

Drivers can get up to £2,500 off for a small van, while there is a £5,000 grant available for £5,000.

From April 1, 2022, the threshold to claim the small truck grant of up to £16,000 will be increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes. 

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Vans up to 4.25 tonnes will be able to claim the large van grant of up to £5,000. 

More than 30 models of electric vans and trucks qualify for the Government grants.

It is hoped that these changes will help thousands of independent drivers and businesses claim a zero emission vehicle using the grant.

Plug-In Vehicle Grant Schemes have supported the purchase of over 450,000 ultra-low emission vehicles across the UK – including more than 300,000 zero emission vehicles. 

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