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Changes to plug-in hybrid vehicles available on the Motability Scheme

Recent changes to Government grants for plug-in electric cars will result in one car, the Mitsubishi Outlander, coming off the Motability Scheme price list from 1 March 2016.

The plug-in car grant has been available from the Government since 2011, with an original commitment until February 2016. These recent announcements confirm that this has now been extended, but with a change to the amount of funding available.

From 1 March 2016 there will be two grant rates available from the Government. The highest grant is for Category 1 vehicles with zero emissions, this includes the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, which are both available on the Motability Scheme. A reduced grant will be introduced for Category 2 and 3 vehicles with a shorter zero emission range (such as plug-in hybrid vehicles with a petrol or diesel engine).

This reduced level of funding for Category 2 and 3 vehicles will result in an increase in the cost of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid, which means it will no longer be available on the Scheme. The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid has been removed from our Car Search tool, however if you are currently considering this vehicle you will be able to place an application until 29 February 2016.

For more information on the availability of this vehicle please speak to your local Mitsubishi dealer.

More information on the changes to the Government’s plug-in grant can be found here