IMPORTANT UPDATE ON PLUG-IN GRANT PAYMENTS

Ministers have decided to allow payment to be processed for plug-in car grant (PICG) purchases that were placed by customers on 11 March, but that were not placed onto the portal before the new PICG rates came into effect. However, this only applies to the cases where dealers have an active appeal ongoing.

On 11 March Government announced a change to the PICG that applied after 23:59 that day. From 12 March, the PICG rate was changed from £3,500 to £3,000, and cars costing £50,000 or more were no longer eligible for the grant.

The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has recognised that due to the short timescale between announcing and implementing the grant change, there were some instances where orders placed by a customer – including the £3,500 grant rate in the agreed purchase price – were not placed on OLEV’s grant portal before the change came into effect.

OLEV is only considering claims submitted during the window of time in March that they allowed for. They are unable to consider further claims.

Possible Scenarios

VEHICLE ORDERED ON 11 MARCH, LESS THAN £50k

The order will receive a £500 top-up, but ONLY if BOTH of the following apply:

  • The grant order was not lodged in the portal until AFTER 11 March, meaning that the purchase is currently only eligible for a £3,000 grant.
  • You have an active appeal ongoing to rectify this

VEHICLE ORDERED ON 11 MARCH, £50K OR MORE

The vehicle is no longer eligible for ANY funding at all. The order will now be given a £3500 grant, but ONLY if you have an active appeal ongoing to rectify this

NO NEW CLAIMS

Finally, OLEV will not be considering any new claims around these parameters. These measures apply only for orders to which the specific circumstances laid out above apply to.