Plug-in Van Grant

Grant funding to support private and business buyers looking to purchase a qualifying ultra-low emission van.


Latest uptake figures

As of 31 December 2013, 404 claims have been made through the plug-in van grant scheme.


Since February 2012, motorists purchasing a qualifying ultra-low emission van can receive a grant of 20% towards the cost of the vehicle, up to a maximum of £8,000.

See a short video from the Plug-in Van Grant launch.

Private consumers and businesses with a UK address can claim the Plug-in Van Grant when purchasing a qualifying ultra-low emission van and registering it for the first time in the UK. For these purposes registration is defined as contemplated in section 21 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 and licensed for use on UK roads, or registered under the terms of the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964, and licensed for use on UK roads.

The government has a technology neutral approach to reducing emissions from transport. This means that any completed van (chassis and bodywork) which meets the criteria below will be eligible for the subsidy.

The Plug-in Van Grant has been designed to help make the whole-life costs of a qualifying van more comparable with petrol or diesel equivalents. Over time, as manufacturers begin to make these vans in greater volumes, the costs of production should begin to fall. This will help to make an ultra-low carbon van a realistic option for anyone looking to buy or lease a van.

The Plug-in Van Grant is not designed to support research and development projects: any funding for this would be delivered by the Technology Strategy Board.

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