Citroen and Vauxhall have confirmed price changes for a number of their electric cars in order to ensure buyers can still access the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG).
The Government surprised buyers and car makers last week when it announced immediate changes to the grant, dropping the amount offered to buyers from £3,000 to £2,500 and lowering the price cap on eligible vehicles from £50,000 to £35,000.
Now the two brands, part of the Stellantis group, have said they will reduce some EV prices to bring all their models under the new £35,000 threshold.
Vauxhall has revised prices across the rang of its brand new Mokka-e to bring the top two levels within the grant threshold. Effective immediately, the Mokka-e SE Premium now starts from £33,040, while the Mokka-e Launch Edition starts from £34,995.
It has also cut pricing on of its Vivaro-e Life and Life Combi van/people carrier by £2,000 to £34,995, bringing both variants within the new cut-off.
All versions of the brand’s Corsa-e remain eligible for the grant.
Paul Wilcox, managing director of Vauxhall, said: “At Vauxhall, we believe in making sure our vehicles are as accessible as possible to the greatest number of people, and especially so when it comes to zero emissions-in-use motoring, so I am pleased to confirm that all Corsa-e, all Mokka-e and the new Vivaro-e Life Combi are eligible for the Government Plug-in Car Grant.”
Citroen has also confirmed that it is cutting £550 from the list price of top-of-the-range versions of its e-C4 to ensure it qualifies for the £2,500 grant. Shine Plus models now cost £34,995 before the PiCG, with the e-C4 range starting at £33,395.
Eurig Druce, Citroen UK’s Managing Director, said: “We were disappointed to hear the news that the support for consumers to make the switch to a low emission vehicle had been reduced. For this period of transition to be a success and for electrification targets to be met, both the industry and consumers need clearer long-term guidance and support on how we will get there. That said, I am proud that Citroën UK’s policy of fair pricing ensures that consumers will continue to be able to benefit from the full Government Plug in Car Grant when purchasing their new e-C4.”