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Plug-in Car Grant: Will it still be available for Model 3?

Discussion in 'The UK and Ireland' started by Two9A, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Two9A

    Two9A Member

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    So the Wikipedia page for the PICG states:
    Now, the model 3 is slated for initial release (of high-end models to Tesla employees on the US West Coast) at the end of 2017... I seriously doubt the UK will see any 3's before the March 2018 date passes.

    Is there a chance, do you think, of the PICG being extended again past 2018? Or are we just out of luck, and will be stuck paying full price for a 3?
     
  2. Big24fan

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    That's a question I was wondering too. Let me know what u find out.
     
  3. PeteW

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    I looked into this and it's looking unlikely...

    "[The Office for Low Emission Vehicles] has said that the grant will be maintained under the new regime until March 2017 (contrary to the Government’s initial announcement of 2018), or until 40,000 sales of category 1 vehicles, and 45,000 combined sales of categories 2 and 3, with both totals including vehicles registered under the existing regime.

    As of [Dec 2015] 23,000 claims had been submitted for category 1 vehicles and 28,000 for categories 2 and 3 – 51,000 in total, of which half were made in 2015 alone".

    Source: http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/fleet-industry-news/2016/01/10/plug-in-c...

    So it looks very unlikely it'll still be around in 2018, unless the government extends it - and the tories have already shown they have no interest in environmental issues or electric cars.
     
  4. Road runner

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    So assuming the $35,000 price tag holds for UK deliveries and assuming the current exchange rate (0.7) plus import tax, are we looking at a UK Model 3 base price of $35,000 * 0.7 = £24,500 // so including import tax can we expect the base model to start at ~£30,000 ?
     
  5. EV Guy

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    It may be gone we just don't know. I think it certainly won't be around for PHEV's as air quality is going to be a major push going forward. Any fossil fuel burning car will see increased taxation.
     
  6. PeteW

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    Having looked into it, the government guidance has been updated and is pretty clear - the grant ends no later than March 2017:

    "5.3 Future review of grant levels

    The grant will be maintained at the current levels until March 2017, or until a prescribed number of each type of vehicle have been sold, whichever is sooner."

    Plug-in car grant eligibility guidance - GOV.UK

    So that's a pretty conclusive 'no'.
     

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