Low-emission vehicles eligible for a plug-in grant

Car dealerships and manufacturers can get grants to reduce the price you pay for brand new electric and hybrid vehicles.

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.

Vehicles eligible for a grant

There are 7 categories of vehicle, based on CO2 emissions. The grant depends on which category the vehicle is in.

Not all electric or hybrid vehicles are eligible for a grant - only vehicles that have been approved by the government.

Category 1 cars

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

  • BMW i3 and i3s
  • BYD e6
  • Citroen CZero
  • Hyundai IONIQ Electric
  • Hyundai KONA Electric
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
  • Nissan e-NV200 (5-seater and 7-seater)
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Peugeot iON
  • Renault ZOE
  • Smart EQ fortwo
  • Smart EQ forfour
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Toyota Mirai
  • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen e-Golf

The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £4,500.

Category 2 cars

These vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 16km (10 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

  • Audi A3 e-tron
  • BMW 225xe
  • BMW 330e
  • BMW 530e
  • Hyundai IONIQ PHEV
  • Kia Niro PHEV
  • Kia Optima PHEV
  • Mercedes-Benz C350 e (with 17 inch rear wheels)
  • Mercedes-Benz E350 e SE
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (except Commercial)
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE
  • Volvo S90 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine
  • Volvo V90 Twin Engine
  • Volvo XC60 Twin Engine

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

Category 3 cars

These vehicles have CO2 emissions of 50 to 75g/km and can travel at least 32km (20 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

  • Mercedes-Benz E350 e AMG Line
  • MINI Countryman PHEV

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

Motorcycles

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

  • Askoll eS3
  • Askoll eSpro 70
  • BMW C evolution
  • Eccity 125
  • Eccity 125+
  • Energica Ego
  • Energica Eva
  • Scutum Silence S02
  • Torrot Muvi
  • Vmoto 100
  • Vmoto 120
  • Zero Motorcycles (all models)

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:

  • Askoll eS1
  • Askoll eS2
  • Askoll eSpro 45
  • NIU M-Series
  • NIU N-Series
  • Torrot Muvi City
  • UGBEST e-City
  • Vmoto Super Soco TC
  • Vmoto Super Soco TS1200R

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

Vans

These vehicles have CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km and can travel at least 16km (10 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

  • BD Otomotiv eTraffic
  • BD Otomotiv eDucato
  • Citroen Berlingo
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial
  • Nissan e-NV200 (cargo van)
  • Peugeot ePartner
  • Renault Kangoo ZE
  • LDV EV80 van
  • LDV EV80 chassis cab

The grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £8,000.

Category 1 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 CO2 emissions at all:

  • LEVC TX

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

Electric and hybrid vehicles that are not eligible

Category 2 or 3 cars with a recommended retail price over £60,000 are not eligible for a grant. This includes:

  • Audi Q7 (category 2)
  • BMW i8 (category 2)
  • Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid (category 3)
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid (category 3)
  • Range Rover P400e (category 3)
  • Range Rover Sport P400e (category 3)