The government have announced that they will be extending their plug-in van and truck grants for another two years to spring 2025, there will also be changes to the existing plug-in vehicle grants applicable for the funding of larger trucks.
From 1 April 2022, the threshold to claim the small truck grant of up to £16,000 will be increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes. Vans up to 4.25 tonnes will be able to claim the large van grant of up to £5,000.
The changes aim to make it easier for operators to make the switch to greener commercial transport options by taking into account the additional weight of electric vehicle batteries. The measures are part of a wider initiative to decarbonise the transport sector, reducing the UK’s reliance on foreign oil imports, improving energy supply security whilst assisting the government as it attempts to meet the country’s environmental obligations.
The government have committed £2.5 billion to vehicle grants and charge point infrastructure to support the transition to zero emission transportation. To date existing grants have supported the purchase of more than 26,000 electric vans and HGVs across the UK since the programme launched in 2012.
For further guidance please find the link to the government’s eligibility and application pages below.