Low-emission vehicles eligible for a plug-in grant

You can get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers.

You do not need to do anything if you want to buy one of these vehicles - the dealer will include the value of the grant in the vehicle’s price.

The maximum grant available for cars is £2,500.

Vehicles eligible for a grant

The amount of the grant depends on which category the vehicle is in. The 7 categories are:

  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • mopeds
  • small vans
  • large vans
  • taxis
  • trucks

Not all low-emission vehicles will get a grant. Only vehicles that have been approved by the government are eligible for a grant.

Cars (previously ‘category 1’)

These vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any emissions at all:

  • BMW i3
  • BMW i3s
  • Citroën ë-Berlingo
  • Citroën ë-C4
  • Citroën ë-Spacetourer – Business Edition
  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense - Prestige
  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense - Performance Line
  • Fiat 500e
  • Honda e
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric - Premium
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric - Premium SE
  • Hyundai KONA Electric (39kWh) - SE Connect
  • Hyundai KONA Electric (39kWh) - Premium
  • Hyundai KONA Electric (64kWh) - Premium
  • Kia e-Niro (39kWh) - 2
  • Kia e-Niro (64kWh) - 2
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Mazda MX-30
  • MG MG5 EV (52.5kWh)
  • MG MG5 EV (61.1kWh)
  • MG ZS EV
  • MINI Electric
  • Nissan e-NV200 (5 Seater)
  • Nissan e-NV200 (7 Seater)
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Peugeot e-Rifter
  • Peugeot e-208
  • Peugeot e-2008 - Active Premium
  • Peugeot e-2008 - Allure
  • Peugeot e-2008 - Allure Premium
  • Renault ZOE
  • SEAT Mii electric
  • Skoda Citigo-e iV
  • Skoda ENYAQ iV 60
  • Smart EQ fortwo
  • Smart EQ forfour
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e
  • Vauxhall Mokka-e
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life - Combi
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro (58kWh 145PS)
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance (58kWh 204PS) - Family
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance (58kWh 204PS) - Life
  • Volkswagen ID.3 Pure Performance (45kWh 150PS)
  • Volkswagen ID.4 Pure (52kWh 148PS) - Life

To be eligible for the grant, cars must cost less than £35,000. This is the recommended retail price (RRP), and includes VAT and delivery fees.

The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Motorcycles

These vehicles have no CO2 emissions and can travel at least 50km (31 miles) between charges:

  • Artisan ES1-Pro
  • Artisan EV0 Monster
  • Askoll eS3
  • Askoll eSpro 70
  • Askoll NGS3
  • BMW C evolution
  • Eccity 125
  • Eccity 125+
  • Eccity Model3
  • EcoNeco Revival
  • Ecooter E1R
  • Ecooter E2
  • Energica EGO
  • Energica EsseEsse9
  • Energica EVA
  • Evoke Urban Classic
  • Evoke Urban S
  • Harley-Davidson LiveWire
  • Horwin CR6
  • Horwin EK3
  • NIU NQi GT Pro Cargo
  • NIU NQi GTS Pro
  • NIU NQi GTS Sport
  • Rieju NUUK
  • Scutum Silence S02
  • Silence S01
  • Sunra Miku Super
  • Sunra Robo-S
  • THELMOCO Ultra
  • Torrot Muvi
  • Vmoto 100
  • Vmoto 120
  • Vmoto Super Soco CPX
  • Vmoto Super Soco TC Max
  • Voge ER10 Euro 5
  • Zero Motorcycles (all models)
  • Zride Tiger X

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £1,500.

Mopeds

These vehicles have no CO2 emissions and can travel at least 30km (19 miles) between charges:

  • Artisan EV2000 
  • Artisan JS2A
  • Artisan P2 Utility
  • Askoll eS1
  • Askoll eS2
  • Askoll eSpro 45
  • Askoll NGS1
  • Askoll NGS2
  • Bilis LX04
  • Bloova Delivery
  • Bloova Retro
  • Ecooter E1S
  • GOVECS GO! T
  • Horwin EK1
  • Kollter ES1
  • Lexmoto Cypher 
  • Lexmoto Impulse
  • NIU M-Series
  • NIU M+
  • NIU N-Cargo
  • NIU N-Series
  • NIU NGT
  • NIU NQi Pro
  • NIU U-Series
  • NIU UQi GT Pro
  • Peugeot e-Ludix
  • Rieju NUUK
  • Sunra Miku Max
  • Sunra Robo
  • Sunra Ronic
  • Surron Light Bee
  • THELMOCO Senda
  • THELMOCO X-Tra
  • THELMOCO Zen
  • Torrot Muvi City
  • UBCO 2x2 ADV
  • UGBEST e-City
  • Vespa Elettrica
  • Vmoto Super Soco CUX
  • Vmoto Super Soco TC
  • Vmoto Super Soco TS1200R
  • Vmoto Super Soco TSX
  • Yadea C1S (Euro 5)
  • Yadea G5
  • Yadea S-Like

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £1,500.

Small vans

These vehicles are less than 2,500 kilograms (kg) gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all:

  • Citroën e-Berlingo
  • Maxus eDeliver 3 (short wheel base variants)
  • Nissan e-NV200
  • Nissan Voltia
  • Peugeot e-Partner
  • Renault Kangoo ZE
  • Renault Zoe Van
  • Toyota Proace City Electric
  • Vauxhall Combo-e

The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for small vans, up to a maximum of £3,000.

Large vans

These vehicles are between 2,500kg and 3,500kg gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all:

  • BD Auto eTraffic
  • BD Auto eDucato (3.5 tonnes)
  • Citroën e-Dispatch
  • Fiat e-Ducato
  • LEVC VN5
  • MAN eTGE
  • Maxus eDeliver 3 
  • Maxus eDeliver 9
  • Mercedes-Benz eVito
  • Mercedes eSprinter
  • Peugeot e-Expert
  • Renault Master ZE (3.1 and 3.5 tonnes)
  • Renault Trucks Master ZE
  • Toyota Proace Electric
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-e
  • Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter
  • LDV EV80

The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £6,000.

Taxis

These vehicles are purpose-built taxis and have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any emissions at all:

  • Dynamo Taxi
  • LEVC TX

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £7,500.

Small trucks

These vehicles:

  • are between 3,500kg and 12,000kg gross weight
  • are sometimes called N2 vehicles
  • have CO2 emissions of at least 50% less than the equivalent conventional Euro VI vehicle that can carry the same capacity
  • can travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £16,000 for these vehicles:

  • BD Auto eDucato (4,250kg)
  • Fiat e-Ducato (N2)
  • FUSO eCanter
  • Maxus eDeliver 9 (N2)
  • Paneltex Z75

Between 1 April to 31 March there are a limited number of grants available.

The limits are:

  • 250 grants at the £16,000 rate
  • up to 10 grants per company or organisation at the £16,000 rate

If either of these limits are reached, the maximum your company or organisation can apply for is £6,000. There are no limits on the number of grants at the £6,000 rate that are available or how many your company or organisation can apply for.

The limits refresh every year on 1 April.

You can email the Department for Transport to find out how many grants are left.

Department for Transport
PluginGrants@dft.gov.uk

Large trucks

These vehicles:

  • are heavier than 12,000kg
  • are sometimes called N3 vehicles
  • have CO2 emissions of at least 50% less than the equivalent conventional Euro VI vehicle that can carry the same capacity
  • can travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £25,000 for these vehicles:

  • Electra e-Star 27-350

Between 1 April to 31 March there are a limited number of grants available.

The limits are:

  • 100 grants at the £25,000 rate
  • up to 5 grants per company or organisation at the £25,000 rate

If either of these limits are reached, the maximum your company or organisation can apply for is £16,000. Your company or organisation can get up to 10 grants at this rate. There are 250 grants of up to £16,000 available.

After that, the maximum your company or organisation can apply for is £6,000. There are no limits on the number of grants at the £6,000 rate that are available or how many your company or organisation can apply for.

The limits refresh every year on 1 April.

You can email the Department for Transport to find out how many grants are left.

Department for Transport
PluginGrants@dft.gov.uk

Grant for a vehicle charger

You can get up to £350 (including VAT) off the cost of installing a charger at home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.