A woman standing in front of an ID.3
A woman standing in front of an ID.3
A woman standing in front of an ID.3
A woman standing in front of an ID.3
Government grants

Grants and tax breaks for electric owners

Government grants

Grants and tax breaks for electric owners

The government encourages making the switch to electric by offering a range of grants and schemes to make buying an electric car cheaper. Read on to discover how you could benefit.

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Government Plug in car grant up to £3,000

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

The ID.3e‑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road' price shown (and therefore the recommended 'on the road' price will increase in the event that grant funding is withdrawn, or eligibility for the grant or the grant amount changes, for any reason).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 ID.3, 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 09/12/2020

*Terms and conditions

1. The OZEV Plug-In Vehicle Grants ("Grants") are subject to full terms and conditions and eligibility may be revised or withdrawn at any time without prior notice.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 OZEV website and are subject to change in OZEV'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 OZEV's eligibility criteria and that have been approved by OZEV 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 OZEV 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

11. To find out more about the benefits of owning an ultra low emission vehicle, visit

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No more congestion charge

Our electric cars meet the criteria set to avoid the congestion charge and the charge for entering the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). This could save you £27.50 every time you travel into Central London. Many areas of London also offer free parking for electric vehicles.

A young child connecting a plug to the front of a Volkswagen Passat GTE.

Install a charger at home for less

The Government runs a grant to help make installing a wallbox charger at home cheaper. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme offers a 75% contribution (capped at £350) towards the installation cost for a home charging unit.

A silver Volkswagen Golf GTE, in a car park, charing as a man approachers.

Help for businesses

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) provides a helping hand to businesses interested in installing charge-points on their premises. Eligible businesses, charities and public-sector organisations can all apply, and it could provide up to £14,000 towards installation costs.

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