Dashboard close-up of the speed gage of a Volkswagen e-vehicle.
Dashboard close-up of the speed gage of a Volkswagen e-vehicle.
Dashboard close-up of the speed gage of a Volkswagen e-vehicle.
Dashboard close-up of the speed gage of a Volkswagen e-vehicle.
Government grants

Government grants

Government grants

Government grants

Reducing the cost of electric and hybrid cars.

The government now offers grants that can lower the sale price of your electric vehicle and even cut the cost of installing at-home charging stations. Take advantage of these money-saving initiatives that make going green more affordable as well as practical.

Reducing the cost of electric and hybrid cars.

The government now offers grants that can lower the sale price of your electric vehicle and even cut the cost of installing at-home charging stations. Take advantage of these money-saving initiatives that make going green more affordable as well as practical.

Government Plug in car grant up to £3,000

The Plug In Vehicle Grant* is a grant currently offered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to eligible manufacturers to promote the purchase of ultra low emission vehicles.

The e-Golf and e-up! currently qualifies for this scheme. The £3,000 grant has already been deducted from the recommended 'on the road' price shown (and therefore the recommended 'on the road' price will increase in the event that grant funding is withdrawn, or eligibility for the grant or the grant amount changes, for any reason).

Customers purchasing an e-Golf or e-up! will receive a maximum of £3,000 off the purchase price. Your Volkswagen Retailer will submit the details of your order online in order to claim the grant funding. The grant is subject to full T&Cs and eligibility requirements.

To find out more contact your Volkswagen Retailer or visit https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants . Vehicle eligibility and grant figure correct as at 11/03/2020

*Terms and conditions

1.     The OLEV Plug-In Vehicle Grants ("Grants") are subject to full terms and conditions and eligibility may be revised or withdrawn at any time without prior notice.

2.     The Grant rates in effect from time to time are set out on the OLEV website and are subject to change in OLEV's sole discretion.

3.     "Eligible Vehicle" means right-hand drive vehicles for sale through Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited (VWG)'s authorised retailers in the UK that meet all of OLEV's eligibility criteria and that have been approved by OLEV as eligible for the Grant from time to time.

4.     "Purchase Price" means the full actual price of the Eligible Vehicle, including any discount on the vehicle, number plates, vehicle excise duty and VAT (as applicable) and excluding any optional extras, delivery charges and first registration fee. 

5.     The Grant is applied to the Purchase Price of an Eligible Vehicle purchased directly from authorised, participating retailers in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland only),by either private or business customers and delivered and registered between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2025. The Grant cannot be claimed for vehicles sold in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

6.     Customers do not need to go through an application process for the Grant.  The Grant is applied to the Purchase Price of Eligible Vehicles at the point of purchase.

7.     Vehicles which have been given the Grant are not to be exported (i.e. sold outside the UK) within 5 years from the date of purchase without prior written permission of the Secretary of State for Transport.

8.     Customers must be residents of the UK, aged 18 years or over. Customers must have a UK address, register the vehicle in the UK, and must have paid UK Value Added Tax (VAT) on the vehicle. Members of the British Armed forces living abroad are eligible to claim for the Grant and can use their BFPO postcode. British diplomats living abroad or foreign diplomats living in the UK are also eligible to claim for the Grant.

9.     The grant scheme may be withdrawn by OLEV and eligibility criteria and/or available grant amounts may change at any time.

10.  For additional eligibility criteria and full terms and conditions please visit https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants

11.  To find out more about the benefits of owning an ultra low emission vehicle, visit https://www.goultralow.com

A white Volkswagen e-up! in a cobbled shopping street, pedestrians shopping.
A man using his smart phone, next to a sliver Volkswagen e-Golf.

No more congestion charge

This is an exciting benefit for all London drivers as the costly congestion charge that applies to the centre of the city will no longer apply to anyone who drives a vehicle that emits 75g/km or less of C0₂ – a limit that all electric Volkswagens meet:
 

  • Golf GTE and GTE Advance: combined CO₂ emissions: 38 g/km
  • Passat GTE and GTE Advance: combined CO₂ emissions: 40 g/km
  • e-Golf: C0₂ emissions: 0 g/km
  • e-up!: C0₂ emissions: 0 g/km

 
Some London boroughs even offer reduced parking fees for electric vehicles, making it a win-win for Londoners who decide to drive electric – not only are these vehicles made for the city, but they’ll also save you money that can be spent elsewhere.

Savings on car tax

If your car is a zero-emission vehicle or was registered before 1 April 2017 and emits less than 100g CO₂/km, then you’re exempt from paying vehicle excise duty (VED). Often known as car tax, it’s a fee that all other car drivers have to pay to drive and park on UK roads. Just another benefit of being a zero-emissions driver.

Note that cars valued at or exceeding £40,000 were previously subject to the 'Luxury Car Tax', but this has been scrapped for zero-emission vehicles in the governments 2020 budget.  

A silver Volkswagen Golf GTE, in a car park, charing as a man approachers.
A young child connecting a plug to the front of a Volkswagen Passat GTE.

Install a charging station for less

Once you’ve made the switch to electric, you’re going to want to install an at-home charging station so you’re never far from a power boost for your new car. And now the government has introduced a grant that can offset the cost of installation. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme gives the registered keeper of the car, the lessee or the primary user up to 75% off (capped at £500, inc. VAT) the total costs of installing the charge point, along with any other associated installation costs.
 
To find out more about the benefits of owning an ultra-low emission vehicle, including the Government's grants for vehicles and charge points, visit www.GoUltraLow.com

Charge at work for less

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) makes it easier and cheaper for businesses, charities and public-sector organisations to install a charge-point in their carpark. The scheme provides financial support towards the up-front costs of purchase and installation, so you can power up at work and hopefully inspire your coworkers to switch to electric once they see how easy and cost-effective it can be.

A man smiling nect to a white Volkswagen e-Golf.

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