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00:04:20 1 Government support
00:10:20 1.1 Purchase incentives
00:12:10 1.1.1 Plug-in Car Grant
00:21:58 1.1.2 Plug-in Van Grant
00:25:46 1.2 Plugged-in Places
00:26:53 1.3 London congestion charge
00:29:04 2 Field testing programmes
00:31:25 3 Charging infrastructure
00:33:01 4 Sales
00:34:06 4.1 2010-2013
00:36:12 4.2 2014
00:39:53 4.3 2015
00:43:04 4.4 2016
00:48:01 4.5 2017
00:49:11 4.6 Top selling models by year
00:49:37 5 Cost-effectiveness of carbon reductions
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The adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in the United Kingdom is actively supported by the British government through the plug-in car and van grants schemes and other incentives. More than 137,000 light-duty plug-in electric vehicles had been registered in the UK as of December 2017. As of December 2016, the British plug-in fleet was the fourth largest in Europe. The stock of plug-ins includes about 5,100 plug-in commercial vans. These figures include a significant number of registered plug-in electric cars and vans which were not eligible for the grant schemes. The UK ranked in 2016 as the second best-selling European market after Norway, with almost 37,000 plug-in cars registered.There was a surge of plug-in car sales in Britain during 2014 and the following years: total registrations were 3,586 in 2013, but 36,907 plug-in electric cars were registered in 2016, 1.37% of total UK new car registrations. Plug-in car sales in March 2017 achieved the best monthly plug-in registration volume on record ever with over 8,000 units, and registrations during the first quarter of 2017 achieved a record 1.47% market share of new car sales during this quarter.The Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV is the all-time top selling plug-in car in the UK with 26,600 units registered through December 2016, accounting for about 50% of all plug-in hybrid sold in the UK since 2010. The Nissan Leaf ranks second and it is also the all-time top selling all-electric car with 15,000 units sold by September 2016. Ranking third is the BMW i3 with 4,457 units, followed by the Renault Zoe with 4,339 units, both, registered at the end of June 2016.The Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) programme started on 1 January 2011 and is available across the UK. The programme initially reduced the up-front cost of eligible cars by providing a 25% grant towards the cost of new plug-in cars capped at GB£5,000. The programme was extended in February 2012 to include plug-in vans. Van buyers can receive 20% - up to GB£8,000 - off the cost of a plug-in van. As plug-in car sales surged during 2014 and 2015, the PICG was extended until March 2018. The maximum grant was reduced to GB£4,500, and the amount granted varies according to emission levels. The eligible ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) must meet criteria in one of three categories depending on emission levels (CO2 emissions bands between 50 and 75g/km) and zero-emission-capable mileage (minimum of 10 mi (16 km)). Hydrogen fuel cell cars are now eligible for the grant. A price cap is in place for the extension for Category 2 and 3 models with a list price of more than GB£60,000, which are no longer eligible for the grant. As of December 2017, a total of 127,509 eligible cars have been registered since the launch of the Plug-in Car Grant in 2011, and, as of December 2016, the number of claims made through the Plug-in Van Grant scheme totaled 2,938 units since the launch of the programme in 2012. The Plug-In Van Grant scheme was extended in October 2016 to make electric trucks above 3.5 tonnes eligible for grants of up to GB£20,000 As of 10 January 2017, the UK had 11,837 public charging points at 4,237 locations, of which 2,173 were rapid charging points at 695 locations.