On 4 October, a letter was sent out to stake holders regarding an extension to Plug-in Vehicle Grant Delivery period.
OZEV announced they are extending the Plug-in Vehicle Grant delivery period from 12 to 18 months, meaning that eligibility for the grant will now expire if the vehicle is not delivered within 18 months of the order being recorded.
In addition to this, OZEV added that vehicle orders recorded on the portal between 14th June 2021- 31st March 2023 will benefit from this 18-month delivery period. However, included that there will be no further extensions after this.
To reassure their stake holders, OZEV said “The DVLA has a record of all grants that would have expired from 14 June 2022 (first logged on the portal after 14 June 2021). For all orders currently ‘On Hold’, dealers should only send the request to put an order back to ‘Awaiting Registration status once they are registering the vehicle. These will be reopened on the portal.” The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles plans to release a follow up message with communications on this additional process in due course.
For all orders that have exceeded their 18-month delivery period, a cancellation process will be continued on the Plug-in Grants portal. Moreover, the delivery period for multi-stage build vehicles (MSBs) and wheelchair accessible vehicle orders (WAVs) also remains at 18 months.
OZEV concluded this letter by suggesting stakeholders should email PlugInGrants@dft.gov.uk if they have any queries regarding the matter.
Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK commented:
“By extending the Plug-in Vehicle Grant delivery period it is allowing consumers more time to receive their orders which may have been affected by the well documented supply constraints impacting the automotive sector.
“NFDA supports this decision as Franchised Dealers are still battling long lead times for their orders, the delivery extension is positive as it provides a safety net for customers to receive their electric vehicle on the grant at which they placed their order.”