Plug-In Car Grant Now Available in the UK

Our idea of a green car implies a Ford Focus RS and the vehicle’s vibrant green stock color, but quite an important part of the world’s population probably has something else in mind, so we’ll dedicate this piece of news to the people who love to hug trees while driving.

Starting from January 1st, UK drivers can benefit from the “Plug-In Car Grant of up to GBP5,000” that is offered for the acquisition of any qualifying low carbon vehicle that emits less than 75 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

The transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles is a great opportunity for the UK motor industry. The Plug-In Car Grant will support the delivery of practical, low carbon vehicles and we will see further progress of new and conventional technologies in the years ahead,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) Chief Executive. “The incentive, coupled with the charging infrastructure programme, Plugged-In Places, is helping to develop a co-ordinated and comprehensive approach to creating vital consumer demand.

The list of eligible vehicles, which was announced in December last year, includes nine cars, three of which are already on sale. The British government will continue to receive applications from carmakers for more vehicles to qualify for the Plug-In Car Grant, with a new round of eligible vehicles scheduled to be announced later this year.

Eight sites across the UK will establish charging networks using Plugged-In Places funding. London, Milton Keynes, North East England, Midlands, Greater Manchester, East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit from the GBP20 million funds offered for the development of the ultra-low carbon infrastructure, with 15,000 charging stations set to be installed in the coming years.

Here is the current list of vehicles eligible for the Plug-In Car Grant:
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • smart fortwo electric drive
  • Peugeot iOn
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Tata Vista
  • Citroen CZero
  • Vauxhall Ampera
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
  • Chevrolet Volt
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