Over 25,000 ULEV grants submitted since scheme launched, says DfT
13 February 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
The Department for Transport has announced that more than 25,000 plug-in car and van grants have been submitted since the scheme launched in 2010.
January saw 2000 claims alone, and the DfT said Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle sales in 2014 were four times higher than in 2013.
The DfT also announced that the criteria for the grant is being updated. From April, ULEV vehicles must meet criteria in one of the following categories:
- Category 1: CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 mile
- Category 2: CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range between 10 and 69 miles
- Category 3: CO2 emissions of 50-75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles.
Vehicles in all categories will be eligible for the fund - which reduces the price of cars by up to £5000 and LCVs by up to £8000 - until either 50,000 grants are issued, or 2017, whichever is first.
"More and more people are deciding a ULEV is the right choice for them. They are great to drive, easily chargeable at home or on the street, and cheap to use with running costs from 2 pence a mile," said Baroness Kramer, transport minister. "The government's £500 million investment will help more models become available to suit a wide range of budgets. This thriving industry will support jobs and build a stronger economy."