Plug-In Van Grant
To complement the existing Plug-In
Car Grant scheme, in January 2012 the government's
Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) established a
grant scheme offering 20% (up to a maximum of £8,000)
towards the purchase cost of a qualifying electric
commercial vehicle to address the fact that these
cost more due to the added costs of conversion or low
The Plug-In Van Grant (PIVG) is administered very
simply at the dealership when completing the purchase of
the vehicle. There is no 'qualification' process for the
purchaser - it is open to all: private individuals,
small businesses and large fleet operators.
Minimal administration at the point of sale enables the
dealer to apply the discount to the purchase price of the vehicle so there is no need to pay upfront
and claim it back.
OLEV require a short survey to be completed to help
them to track the buying habits of purchasers and they
require you to acknowledge that you have been advised
about safe recharging: e.g. using a wallbox at base for regular recharging; not
using extension cables; exercising care about charging
in 'random' locations.
The grant is applicable to both factory-produced models
and conversions but only vehicles appearing on the
approved list are eligible for help so be sure to check
that a vehicle is on the list.
As of 1st February 2012, the 7 vehicles which are
- Renault Kangoo ZE (including
- Ford Transit Connect (Azure Dynamics)
- Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell
- Smith Electric Edison (Ford Transit)
- Faam ECOMILE
- Faam JOLLY 2000
- Mia Electric Mia U
Kangoo ZE Crew Van, whilst having all-round windows
and 5 seats and treated as a car in most other respects
including taxation, actually appears on this list rather
than the Plug-In Car Grant
list since it is 'homologated' (type approved) as a van.
Please check whether
prices quoted by manufacturers include or exclude the
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