Plug-in Van Grant extended to heavier vehicles

Since being launched in 2012, the UK government's Plug-in Van Grant has applied only to hybrid or fully-electric vehicles in the N1 class (i.e. with a gross weight not exceeding 3.5 tonnes). Now, though, the scheme has been expanded to encompass the N2 (GVW of over 3.5 tonnes but not exceeding 12 tonnes) and N3 (GVW exceeding 12 tonnes) categories.

As per the existing incentive available for N1 vans, the grant covers 20% of the purchase cost up to a maximum of £8,000. It's received at point of purchase and no retrospective claiming is necessary.

To encourage operators of heavier vehicles to switch away from diesel power, the first 200 eligible N2 and N3 orders will receive a substantially enhanced £20,000 grant. Sensibly, those higher allowances are being limited to ten per customer, so a few big fleets won't be able to grab them all.

Fuso eCanter (2017) Front Side
A potential N2 candidate for the Plug-in Van Grant: Fuso's eCanter.

A list of qualifying N2 and N3 vehicles has yet to be published, but the requirements are the same as the current N1 rules. Therefore, plug-in hybrids have to achieve a minimum electric-only range of 10 miles (16 km) and emit no more than 75 g/km of carbon dioxide. All-electric models meanwhile must be able to travel at least 60 miles (97 km) on a single battery charge.

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