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Round-Up: DfT releases EV charging grant update, LEVC names van, MG ‘tops-up’ PICG

EV charging grant update

Chargemaster to power taxis

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has confirmed both the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme and the Workplace Charging Scheme will continue for another year.

From 1 April 2020 the grant for these schemes will be set at £350 towards the cost of purchase and installation of a chargepoint at home through the electric vehicle homecharge scheme, and £350 towards a chargepoint socket at work through the workplace charging scheme.

This is a reduction from £500 to £350.

OLEV also confirmed it is doubling the number of sockets allowed under the workplace charging scheme from 20 to 40.

LEVC names van

levc van

Taxi maker LEVC has confirmed its forthcoming panel van will be named ‘VN5’.

The firm said the name reflects vehicle’s purpose – VN standing for van and ‘5’ to represent the volume of the cargo area, 5m3.

The VN5 cargo capacity can accommodates two Euro sized pallets with a gross payload of over 800kg and it has been built with a large side-loading door (enabling a pallet to be side-loaded) and a 60/40 split door at the rear to make loading and unloading easy for the driver, LEVC said.

Production is to begin in Q4 2020.

MG ‘tops-up’ PICG

The Big Test - MG ZS EV - 2019 - Gallery Image 40

MG has confirmed it will top-up the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant back to £3,500 for the remainder of March 2020, following the Government cutting £500 off the subsidy earlier this week.

Daniel Gregorious, head of sales and marketing at MG, said: “With the Government’s announcement that the Plug-in Car Grant is reduced from £3,500 to £3,000, we wanted to be able to help our customers to switch to zero emissions electric MGs without spending more money. We’re delighted to be able to top-up the grant back to £3,500 for the remainder of March.”

With the £3,500 cut and additional ‘customer savings’, MG said the firm’s ZS EV is priced from £22,495.