To support the move to electric vehicles, the Government are encouraging the uptake of accessible and affordable charging options. With most electric car charging being carried out at the car owners’ homes, the Government run a scheme for homeowners to offset some costs of buying and installing an electric car charging unit at home.
Through the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), homeowners can claim an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant which can fund or part-fund the purchase and installation costs of a home charging point.
How much is the OLEV EVHS grant?
You could receive a contribution of up to 75% of the total capital costs of the charging point and its installation costs. They cap this at a maximum of £500 including VAT per household and per eligible vehicle.
An authorised installer can claim the grant on your behalf, so you do not have to pay out a large upfront cost. There may be a remaining cost, depending on the cost of the unit and the ease of installation, which you will agree with your installer.
What are the grant eligibility criteria?
If you are a homeowner and want to install a home charging point with an OLEV grant, you need to meet certain eligibility criteria, which we explain below.
Your car ownership
You will need to have had a full electric or plug-in hybrid car on or after 1 October 2016. If you have had your EV before this, you can’t make use of the grant scheme.
You must own, lease or have primary use of an eligible electric vehicle to qualify for the grant. You must provide evidence you are the owner, lessee or the primary user.
If you are buying a car, you can’t get a charge point installed over four months ahead of delivery or the day you will use the car.
If you’re leasing or driving a company car, you must do so as the primary user for at least six months before the installation.app
Your car parking at home
You need to have off-street parking and only install your home charging point in your driveway or garage. The installer will also have to consider safety and practical installation issues such as cable run trip hazards or obstructions.
Your make and model of electric car
Any new or second hand electric vehicle approved by OLEV as an ultra-low emission vehicle is eligible. You can find a full list of eligible vehicles on the OLEV website.
Vehicles with a 3-pin cable and 3-pin socket charge points installations are not eligible for the grant.
Other charge point ownership
If you already have one charge point and only one car, you can’t claim the grant for another. OLEV limit the grant to one installation per house per eligible vehicle, up to a maximum of two charge points per household.
Your charge point make and model
The OLEV grant for 75% must be claimed against an approved charge point. There are many makes and models of eligible charge points. IDDEA currently supply Rolec charge points which are fully approved by OLEV.
Your charge point installer
The grant can only be claimed by installers who have been authorised by OLEV and a charge point manufacturer to install their accredited equipment. IDDEA are OLEV approved installers. You can find us on the published OLEV list of authorised installers (which unhelpfully is not in alphabetical order – we were entry number 831 last time we looked!)
How you apply for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant
The best way to apply for the grant is to contact us and we will apply for the funding on your behalf. The technical specifications you need will vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle, so it is important to discuss that with us too.
We offer a free site survey to homes in Wiltshire and further afield, and supply OLEV approved charging points. Our trained and approved installers will assist you with the grant process and paperwork.
You will find more information the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant on the OLEV website.