The UK Government suddenly scrapped the plug-in car grant which subsidised the cost of a new electric vehicle back in June. This scheme has now been relaunched for a limited period.
Prospective EV buyers will have until the end of March 2023 to order a new Electric Vehicle. To qualify for the grant the vehicle must be delivered within 18months. The previous 12 month limit was deemed too restrictive due to the lengthy delivery times that many manufacturers are facing.
In another surprising move the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) said that it would be backdating the scheme to cover all eligible EVs ordered since the scheme was cancelled. The policy will now be automatically applied to car orders placed between June 14, 2021 and March 31, 2023.
The upper limit is still set at £32,000 so only cars costing less than that will qualify.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “We have temporarily extended the Plug-in Vehicle Grant delivery period in recognition of the continuing delays in manufacturing supply chains, due to ongoing semiconductor shortages and the conflict in Ukraine.
“The temporary 18-month extension covers all Plug-in Vehicle Grants logged on the system between 14 June 2021 and 31 March 2023. We will continue to work with industry and monitor issues impacting the supply chain issues.”