On Thursday 4 May 2023, Government’s Office for Zero-Emissions has announced that their implemented limit of 1000 Plug-in Van Grant (PIVG) orders will be increasing to 1500 with immediate effect.

The plug-in van grant (PIVG) was launched in 2012 to help bridge the price gap between the cost of ultra-low emission vans and diesel vans. It was extended to trucks, also referred to as heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in 2016. The PIVG order limit was introduced to ensure best value for money for the taxpayer, as well as ensuring budgets were protected and distributed as fairly as possible.

Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents car and commercial retailers across the UK commented:

“An order limit extension to 1500 is positive for the commercial and van industry as it sends the right message to retailers that the Government wants more zero-emissions vehicles to be sold and that they are willing to support this with financial incentives, with some vans being sold at a 35% discount.

“Whilst this is a move in the right direction, NFDA is concerned that a great deal more could be done to promote and incentivise the transition to electric.

“There is still a deeper-rooted issue with the UK’s charging infrastructure network and this remains a key barrier to entry for many that have concerns on this issue. The Government needs to match the efforts and investments retailers have made in preparing their showrooms, stock and staff for the 2030 deadline.”

If you work for a vehicle dealership or manufacturer, you can apply for a grant using the online portal here.