The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) has said it is extending the Plug-in Vehicle Grant delivery period from 12 months to 18 months. The result of this will be that eligibility will only expire if a vehicle is not delivered within 18 months of the order being recorded on the grant portal.
The extension will cover vehicle orders made between 14 June 14 2021 and 31 March 2023. Semi-conductor supply issues, and other supply chain issues resulting from the war in Ukraine has been adversely affecting the delivery of new vehicles.
Commenting on the announcement, Toby Poston, Director of Corporate Affairs at the BVRLA, said: “This is great news for a fleet industry that is still suffering from massive lead times on some of the most popular battery electric vehicles. We greatly appreciate the input from members on this issue and thank OZEV for taking decisive action to support fleet decarbonisation.”
NFDA CEO Sue Robinson added: “By extending the Plug-in Vehicle Grant delivery period it is allowing consumers more time to receive their orders which may have been affected by the well documented supply constraints impacting the automotive sector. NFDA supports this decision as franchised dealers are still battling long lead times for their orders, the delivery extension is positive as it provides a safety net for customers to receive their electric vehicle on the grant at which they placed their order.”