The EV charge point installation grant is changing

We’ve just had an update from OZEV (Government) on the future criteria of the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS).

For those that don’t know…

OZEV provide a £350 grant towards installing an electric vehicle charge point for people who have dedicated off road parking where the charge point is to be fitted, have not claimed the grant before and own or have on order a qualifying electric or hybrid vehicle.

In this latest update OZEV has confirmed the current (as detailed) grant criteria will cease on the 31st March 2022, and the last grant submission date for an installed charge point will be 30th April 2022.

So, what does this mean?

OZEV say they will deliver a reformed Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS) in 2022 to accelerate charge point provision in apartment blocks and rental accommodation.

Providing grants of £350 to those people who live in flats or rental accommodation, although the property still needs to have its own dedicated off-road parking, and the occupier must own or have on order a qualifying vehicle.

An interesting addition is that OZEV will allow landlords and social housing providers access to the grant too, enabling them to install charge points on any of their properties, again, if the property has its own dedicated off-road parking. Qualifying vehicles are not required in this instance.

Also, if you own an apartment block and you wish to install electric vehicle charging points for the residents, a grant of up to £30,000 for each building will be made available too.

The information is still a little vague, but they say up to £850 is available for each parking bay, but a minimum of 5 parking bays must be provisioned with at least one working charge point.

We read, as well as the apartment block owner claiming the grant, the resident can still claim £350 towards the cost too, so potentially that’s up to £1,200 for each bay provisioned with a car charger.

In the meantime, for those homeowners in England who own or have on order a qualifying electric or hybrid vehicle, and have dedicated off road parking, you best claim your charge point grant soon.

Even those who own or have on order a qualifying hybrid should get a charge point installed now, as your next car will be a full electric, and you’ll lose the chance to claim a £350 grant towards the cost.

…electric cars are not going away, but the £350 grant will be for some people, so don’t lose out.