Plug-in van grant eligibility guidance

Updated 24 November 2016

1. Van eligibility

To qualify, the vehicle must be within the N1, N2 or N3 categories, as defined under EU Directive (EC) 2007/46/EC.

To be eligible for the grant applicants need to demonstrate that their completed vehicle (chassis and bodywork) has type approval, meets minimum EC regulatory standards for volume production and meets the grant criteria.

Please note that vehicles which have already received the plug-in van grant will not be eligible for enhanced capital allowances. Enhanced capital allowances are tax allowances that helps businesses to invest in energy-efficient products. HM Revenue and Custom (HMRC) has published further information on the application of enhanced capital allowances to low-carbon vehicles.

2. Eligibility criteria for the plug-in van grant

2.1 Vehicle type

Only new vans are eligible (vehicle category N1, N2 or N3). This includes pre-registration conversions (normal, internal combustion engine vans that were converted to battery or hybrid versions by specialist convertors before the van’s first registration).

Note that for the purposes of the plug-in van grant any multi-stage built N1, N2 or N3 vehicle will need to have been approved as a completed vehicle (eg comprising both chassis and bodywork). The accepted evidence listed above must cover the vehicle in its finished condition. An approval for a vehicle that has not been completed will not be accepted. This is to ensure vehicles driven off the forecourt when bought by the public meet the plug-in van grant criteria.

Manufacturers will need to consult the Vehicle Certification Agency to obtain completed vehicle approval:

2.2 Carbon dioxide exhaust emissions

Vehicles must emit less than 75 grams of carbon dioxide (CO₂) per kilometre driven.


For N2 and N3 vehicles, certificate to show the vehicle produces at least 50% less greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) than an equivalent conventional Euro VI vehicle of the same load carrying capacity as measured by the LowCVP HGV test procedure.

2.3 Range

Eligible fully electric vans must be able to travel a minimum of 60 miles between charges. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles must have a minimum electric range of 10 miles.

2.4 Minimum top speed

Vehicles must be able to reach a speed of 50 miles per hour or more.

2.5 Warranty

Vehicles must have a 3 year or 60,000 miles vehicle warranty (guarantee) and a 3 year battery and electric drive train warranty, with the option of extending the battery warranty for an extra 2 years. ‘Drive train’ means the parts that send power from the engine to the wheels. These include the clutch, transmission (gear box), drive shafts, U-joints and differential.

2.6 Battery performance

Vehicles must have either a minimum 5-year warranty on the battery and electric drive train as standard or extra evidence of battery performance to show reasonable performance after 3 years of use.

2.7 Electrical safety

Vehicles must comply with certain regulations (UN-ECE Reg 100.00) that show that they are electrically safe.


For N2 and N3 vehicles approved to NSSTA or IVA, evidence submitted by the applicant to show equivalent electrical safety performance to that required by UNECE Regulation 100.02.

2.8 Crash safety

To make sure vans will be safe in a crash, they must either have a minimum EC regulatory standards for volume production or evidence that the van demonstrates high levels of safety as judged by international standards. For example, crash testing for other internationally recognised consumer information programmes or regulatory standards, that offer a comparable level of safety stringency as EC minimum regulatory standards for volume production.

3. Apply to register your vehicle under the scheme

Vehicle manufacturers who want to apply for their vehicle model to be eligible for subsidy under the scheme will need to make a formal application. To do this, you will require an application pack and associated guidance. You can request this from