The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has today provided clarification on the definition of “price” in the electric vehicle grants portal. Please see the following note for details:

The definition of price for the application of the plug-in car grant (PICG) price cap is as follows.

Eligible cars must be priced below £50,000 RRP. The definition includes:

  • VAT, including VAT reclaimable by a business
  • vehicle manufacturer or dealer’s mandatory extras including delivery charges or administration fees
  • the battery cost (including where the battery is leased)
  • any non-standard option fitted by the manufacturer or dealer affecting the powertrain

and excludes:

  • any non-standard option fitted by the manufacturer or dealer which does not relate to the powertrain
  • modifications such as ‘police packs’, ambulance/fire engine modifications
  • modifications for disabled users
  • warranty/Insurance and service packages etc
  • first registration fee and cost of first licence
  • discounts

As the uptake of zero-emission cars increases, excluding cars costing £50,000 or more will allow more drivers to benefit from making the switch for longer.

OLEV will allow until 11.59pm tomorrow (9 April 2020) for orders for vehicles which are currently on the PICG portal and on the eligible vehicles list but will now not be eligible for the grant to be placed on the portal.

Please note that there will be a short delay before the list of eligible vehicles will be updated on the OLEV’s web page and on the Plug-in Grant Portal. Please allow for some time for this to be updated to match the guidance above. Orders placed after the deadline for vehicles which are no longer eligible for the grant will be cancelled.