Seven vans qualify for Government plug-in grant
Pitched in similar form to the plug-in grant for electric cars, the incentive aims to stimulate the market for ultra-low carbon commercial vehicles as it establishes itself in the UK.
Vans qualifying for the grant must emit less than 75g/km of CO2, be capable of travelling at least 60 miles between charges (10 miles in electric mode for hybrid vans), reaching speeds of more than 50mph and meeting European safety standards.
Each van meeting this criteria is eligible for a 20 per cent price reduction, up to an £8,000 ceiling, with VAT businesses able to reclaim the full list price VAT on top of the reduction.
Four of the vans are on sale now – these are the Ford Transit Connect Electric sold by Azure Dynamics, the Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL, the various versions of the Renault’s Kangoo Z.E. and Smith Electric’s Smith Edison, including its SE2 and SE3 variants.
Faam’s Ecomile and Jolly 2000, both launching in March, and Mia-electric’s Mia U, arriving in May, will also qualify for the grant.
Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers, Paul Everitt, is welcoming the announcement of the first seven eligible vans as excellent news for van drivers, operators, businesses and the industry.
“The savings on the initial purchase price, coupled with the tax advantages and very low running costs make a plug-in van an attractive proposition – particularly for those running local and back-to-base services,” Everitt says.
“Home to a high level of low carbon R&D and manufacturing activity, the UK is well placed to take full advantage of the ultra-low carbon vehicle sector – incentives that support the development of a flourishing market will add to our competitive advantage,” he adds.
Words by: Andrew Charman