More than 25,000 plug-in car and plug-in van grant claims have been submitted since the scheme began in 2010, according to figures released by the Government.
The Government says this indicates that the “popularity of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) continues to rise sharply”. ULEV sales in 2014 were four times higher than the previous year and the UK is now ahead of France and Germany in ULEV take-up.
There are currently 25 car models and seven van models eligible for the Government’s plug-in grant and a further 40 ULEV models from major manufacturers are expected to come to market over the next three years.
To take account of rapidly developing technology, and the growing range of ULEVs on the market, the criteria for the plug-in car grant are being updated.
From April 2015, eligible ULEVs must meet criteria in one of three categories depending on emission levels and zero-emission-capable mileage: category 1, CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles; category 2, CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range between 10 and 69 miles; and category 3, CO2 emissions of 50-75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles.
The new categories are designed to better reflect the range of vehicles on the market and make them accessible to the widest range of people.
Vehicles in all categories will continue to be eligible for the full grant of up to £5,000, until either 50,000 grants are issued or 2017, whichever is first.