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Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs)

ULEVs are currently defined as having less than 75 grams of CO2 per kilometre (g/km) from the tail pipe.  These are listed in table 2 for the consumer’s convenience.  Pure electric vehicles, and other plug in electric vehicles in the electric mode, produce no tailpipe CO2 or pollution, are cheaper to run than conventional vehicles and can attract financial incentives for example all ULEVs have free access to the London Congestion Charging Zone.  

Recognising advancements in technology from 2021 we expect to define an ULEV as a car or van that emit less than 50g/km CO2.  New cars with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles are eligible for a government grant of £3,500 (the Plug in Car Grant (PICG)).   Pure electric vehicles attract a zero first year Vehicle Excise Duty rate (car tax) and for those under £40,000 a zero rate for supplementary years.  Electricity used to recharge a plug-in vehicle at home attracts only a 5% level of VAT, much lower than road fuels (20%).