Electric car grant details released

  • Nine cars to get grants
  • All of them listed here…
  • …and how much they'll cost
The Government has revealed the nine electric cars that will qualify for a £5000 Plug-In Car Grant.

You will be able to buy the Mitsubishi i-Miev, the Peugeot Ion and the electric Smart Fortwo next month, while the remaining six cars go on sale over the coming 12 months or so.

Find out exactly how much you will have to pay for each of the nine cars - and just how we rate them here at What Car?

The nine cars in the scheme
All you need to know about all the cars that have been revealed as eligible for a Government-funded £5000 grant.
Mitsubishi i-Miev
What is it? Dinky Mitsubishi, based on the i car
Price: £23,990 (including £5000 grant)
On sale: January

What Car? verdict: We drove the car back in 2009. You can read our verdict in the Electric car test

Peugeot Ion
What is it? Peugeot's take on the Mitsubishi i-Miev
Price: £415 (exc VAT, inc grant)
On sale: January

What Car? verdict: We drove the car in September, alongside its Citroen counterpart, the C-Zero. You can read our verdict in our Peugeot iOn review here

Smart Fortwo
What is it? Electric version of the Fortwo
Price: tbc
On sale: 2012

What Car? verdict: We drove the car a year ago, alongside a hydrogen-powered B-Class. You can read our verdict in our Mercedes electric and hydrogen trial story here

Nissan Leaf
What is it? Nissan's electric small family car, which will be built in Sunderland
Price: £23,990 (including £5000 grant)
On sale: March

What Car? verdict: Read our Nissan Leaf First Drive

Citroen C-Zero
What is it? Citroen's take on the Mitsubishi i-Miev.
Price: £415 (exc VAT, inc grant)
On sale: early 2011

What Car? verdict: Read the full Citroen C-Zero review here

Tata Vista
What is it: Four-seat small family car from Indian car maker. It has a range of around 160 miles
Price: Prices won't be revealed until next year, but sources say it will be 'competitive' with its i-Miev and Leaf rivals.
On sale: Summer 2011

What Car? verdict: The Vista has been developed by – and will be built at – Tata Motor's European Technical Centre at Warwick University in Coventry. There are no details on how many it plans to build yet. UK customers should be able to lease the car from next summer.

Chevrolet Volt
What is it? Electric family car that has a small petrol engine, which is used to recharge the battery pack, giving it a range of 300+ miles.
Price: £25,000 (est, including £5000 grant)
On sale: Spring 2012

What Car? verdict: We drove the car in October. You can read our verdict in Chevrolet Volt driven

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
What is it: Prius that you can plug into to the mains to charge up the batteries.
Price: High £20,000s (inc grant)
On sale: 2012

What Car? verdict: We drove the Plug-in Prius at the recent Future Car Challenge. You can get our verdict on the car here

Vauxhall Ampera
What is it? Chevrolet Volt with a Vauxhall badge
Price: £28,995 (including £5000 grant)
On sale: 2012

What Car? verdict: Like the Prius, we drove the Ampera in the Future Car Challenge. Read about it here


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