The definition of an ULEV is a vehicle that produces <75g of CO2 per km, but to qualify for the plug-in vehicle grant these vehicles must also meet other requirements pertaining to their zero-emission range in combination with their CO2 emissions, different specifications receive different levels of subsidisation. These cars are powered by a variety of technologies, from 100% electric cars to plug-in hybrids and extended-range electric vehicles.
- Battery Electric Vehicles (EVs)
With zero-tailpipe emissions, EVs are significantly cleaner than conventional petrol or diesel cars. Fully electric vehicles operate on stored electrical energy. This energy store is contained within a battery pack which transfers the electricity to a motor, which in turn provides the propulsion through the wheels. Examples include the Nissan LEAF, Kia Soul EV, BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf to name but a few. Click here to see a much larger list of vehicles.
- Plug-In Hybrid (PHEVs)
There has been a remarkable surge in demand for PHEVs in the UK over the last few years. This is due to being a convenient step towards greener, cheaper motoring. PHEV models offer excellent flexibility – featuring the benefits of a battery electric vehicle’s motor, making it great for inner city driving, while being combined with the range of a petrol or diesel engine. Examples include the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, BMW i8 PHEV, VW Golf GTE PHEV to name but a few. Click here to see a much larger list of vehicles.
- Range Extended Electric Vehicle (REx, REEV)
A range extended vehicle is a battery electric vehicle that runs and operates on electricity but includes an auxiliary power unit known as a ‘range extender’. The range extender (usually a small petrol engine) drives an electric generator which charges a battery which supplies the vehicle’s electric motor rather than driving the wheels and allows for an increased range from the vehicle. Examples include the BMW i3 Rex and Vauxhall Ampera E-REV to name but a few. Click here to see a much larger list of vehicles.
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