The plug-in van grant follows on from the success of the 2010 plug-in car grant, which offers up to £5,000 off the likes of the Citroen C-Zero, Peugeot iOn and Vauxhall Ampera.
Vans will not be offered with a money-off deal of up to £8,000 (up to 20 per cent of the van’s price) and the ground-breaking new Renault Kangoo ZE is one of just four vans initially available with the grant.
The qualify, a van must deliver less than 75g/km of CO2 emissions and be capable of travelling 60 miles between charges.
The Renault Kangoo ZE can travel closer to 100 miles and offers zero emissions because of its electric powertrain. With the help of the new grant, new Renault Kangoo ZE prices start from just £13,592 before.
A larger Renault Kangoo ZE Maxi Crew is capable of seating five and will cost £15,000 after the grant, Renault has confirmed.
Paul Everitt, Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Editors (SMMT) Chief Executive, said: “The savings on the initial purchase price, coupled with the tax advantages and very low running costs make a plug-in van an attractive proposition – particularly for those running local and back-to-base services.”
The Renault Kangoo ZE van, based on the standard diesel van of the same name, is perhaps the best-known van eligible for the grant.
The Azure Dynamics-built Ford Transit Connect Electric is also available with the grant as part of Ford’s tie-in with the battery manufacturer.
Other vans include the Mercedes Vito E-Cell and more niche manufacturer models such as those from electric bike maker Faam and city car builder Mia-electric.
The Renault Kangoo ZE is available now from Renault UK dealerships.