Motorists and businesses around the UK will be able to save money on electric vans and HGVs this year after the grant scheme was extended again.
The Office for Zero Emissions (OZEV) has confirmed an extension to the Plug-in Van Grant, which allows motorists to save money on a new electric vehicle. It is understood that OZEV upgraded the limit of Plug-in Van Grant orders per user from 1,000 units to 1,500 units per financial year.
The limit was originally introduced in December 2021 to “ensure best value for money for the taxpayer” and make sure budgets were distributed as fairly as possible.
OZEV is believed to be keeping the Plug-in Van Grant under continual review and could eventually pull the grant once it is satisfied with uptake.
Some vans can be sold at a 35 percent discount, with small vans attracting a maximum discount of £2,500, with drivers able to use this on popular brands including Vauxhall, Nissan and Toyota.
Motorists can get a maximum discount of £5,000 when purchasing a new large van, which must be between 2,500kg and 4,250kg in weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and be able to travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions.
Commenting on the announcement, Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Licensing Association (BVRLA), praised the move but warned of the challenges faced by van drivers.
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