Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme Grant To End in 2022 For Most
The current Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS) provides a 75% contribution towards the purchase and installation of an electric car home charger. This is capped at £350, but the government has announced this will end after March 31 2022.
According to the UK Government a reformed EVHS will come in 2022. However, changes will be geared towards boosting uptake of EVs for people in apartment blocks and rental accommodation, landlords and social housing providers, plus apartment block owners. On top of this, the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) will be extended to allow SME’s to get hold of chargers for employees.
Considering an electric car for your next vehicle? Find out everything you need to know about the changes to the EVHS grant and how you can still get money towards a home charger before it expires next year.
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When is the deadline for applying for the EVHS grant?
The last claim for an installation that the government will accept under the scheme will be April 30 2022. Also, the last date for an installation accepted under the scheme will be March 31 2022.
If you want to get your hands on a discounted electric car charger then you’ll need to have a qualifying EV* and know how to make a claim. We’ll explain how to claim further on in the article.
You’ll also need to choose a qualifying charger.
*If you are leasing your electric car, you’ll need to have had it for at least six months to be eligible.
Do I qualify for the EVHS grant?
To qualify for the current EVHS grant – also known as the OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles plug-in grant) – you’ll need to:
- Have a qualifying electric vehicle that products 0g/km of Co2 and must cost less than £35,000
- Have access to off-street parking
- Be parked somewhere where a technician can run a charging cable from the distribution board/electricity supply to your car
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How to apply for the EVHS grant
In order to get a charger using the EVHS grant, you’ll need to get your chosen installer to claim on your behalf.
After a claim has been made, you’ll then need to complete a customer declaration on the EVHS installation form. This form requires:
- Your personal details
- Evidence of an eligible electric car
- A declaration from you saying that your property meets the requirements of the scheme
- Details of the chargepoint
- Cost of installation
- Your consent for the installer to claim on your behalf
Who will be eligible for the EVHS grant after March 2022?
As we mentioned earlier, changes to the EVHS grant mean that only certain individuals/businesses will be eligible for the current grant as it is. You can see a full list of those who qualify below.
- People living in flats (incl. leasehold flats) and rental accommodation
- Non-resident building owners (incl. landlords and social housing providers)
- Owners of apartment blocks will be able to provide the building’s parking with charge points using a grant of up to £30,000 per building towards the cost of installing chargepoints (limited to 30 applications per year, per applicant)
- Maximum 40 grants (each up to £350) available for businesses to install chargepoints for their staff and fleets
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