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Volvo electric tractor units approved for government’s £25,000 plug-in grant

Volvo Trucks has become the first HGV manufacturer in the UK to have four different models of low emission vehicle approved for the government’s plug-in grant of up to £25,000 on new registrations.

This follows approval of the 2024-winning international truck of the year FH Electric, and the FM Electric; both as 4×2 tractor units and with the maximum six batteries.

The models join the Volvo FL Electric 4×2 rigid and the FE Electric 6×2 rigid, which have already been approved for the grant.

The scheme enables a business to receive up to five large truck grants in each financial year at £25,000, with a total of 100 large truck grants available annually.

Once these limits are reached, the grant is paid at £16,000 for the next 250 grants and each business can get up to 10 grants at the £16,000 rate.

Hannah Mayo, director of new vehicle sales at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “The availability of our full range of electric vehicles represents a new era in road transport and demonstrates our clear market leadership in electromobility.

“With the grant now extended to include the FH and FM Electric, there’s an extra incentive for UK fleets to begin the transition. Plus, with the grant scheme soon resetting for the new financial year, it’s the perfect time to be preparing applications.”

The department for transport committed £2.5bn to vehicle grants and chargepoint infrastructure to support the transition to zero emission vehicles, with plug-in vehicle grant schemes supporting the purchase of over 450,000 ultra-low emission vehicles across the UK – including more than 300,000 zero emission vehicles.

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