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Blog – EV Chargers & 2022 – What you need to know

As we welcome the year 2022, it’s important to note some of the upcoming changes in the world of electric vehicle chargers.

In this blog, we will tell you about the most important reforms concerning electric vehicle chargers, both for home and the workplace.

So, let’s dive in!

EVHS/OZEV Grant Changes

The EVHS (Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme) eligibility criteria will change from April this year. 

Since the start of the scheme back in 2019, the EVHS grant, or “OZEV grant”, has been available for private UK homeowners with dedicated off-street parking on their property, such as a garage or a driveway.

At present, you are eligible if you fall under the following criteria:

  • The customer must have a property in the UK with dedicated off-street parking, such as a garage or a driveway.
  • The customer must have an electric vehicle that qualifies for the grant (see list). The customer must prove that they own or lease an eligible electric vehicle, but this proof can be given even if they have not received the car.
  • The customer must not have already claimed the grant. The only exception is if a household has a second eligible electric vehicle. If this is the case, the grant can be claimed again for an additional home charging point.
  • The EV charger being installed must be an OZEV approved smart charger. See the list of OZEV approved chargers here. An approved OZEV installer must also install the charger.

However, private owners of detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and bungalows will no longer be eligible for the £350 EVHS grant from April 2022 as part of the reforms.

The last date for an EV charge point installation under this version of the EVHS scheme will be 31st  March 2022. No grant funding will be provided if an EV charge point installation occurs after this date.

The last claim for an installation needs to be submitted to the DVLA by  30th April 2022, unless there is an exceptional reason for permitting a later application. If you submit your application after this date, you will not be entitled to the £350 grant.

To ensure you are able to take advantage of the current £350 OZEV grant, please place your order with us on or before 14th February 2022. This deadline allows us to help fix any potential issues that may arise from your grant application or installation before the government deadline, for example, if you have a looped supply or if you need a fuse upgrade. After 14th February, any installations that experience delays and miss the government deadlines will not be able to claim the £350.

Who will be eligible for the EVHS after the reforms?

The idea behind the 2022 EVHS eligibility change is to remove a key barrier to EV uptake in densely populated urban areas. Therefore, residents living in flats or apartments will be eligible for the grant from April 2022. In previous years, these residents have not been able to take advantage of the scheme. The grant on offer will remain at £350 per socket.

In addition to flat and apartment residents, landlords and building owners can also apply for the grant themselves. Up to £350 can be claimed per socket; however, there will be a limit of 200 applications per year per applicant.

The upcoming grants will be focused more on providing EV charging facilities for flats and apartments rather than private homes. With the UK’s plan to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, it is hoped that this move will increase demand for the rental and leasehold sectors. Furthermore, it should ensure people living in accommodation are able to access EV charging points at home, meaning an easier transition to electric vehicles and better charging infrastructure.

Workplace Charging Scheme Expansion

Whilst the Workplace Charging Scheme will continue supporting registered businesses and fleets in 2022, and for the foreseeable future, from 1st April 2022, the WCS scheme will be expanding.

Small accommodation businesses (such as B&B’s and Campsites), SMEs, and charities will all be eligible to take advantage of the WCS scheme, meaning these businesses can utilise the grant to invest in EV charge points on-site for customer use. The government hopes that the eligibility expansion will encourage EV charging access in rural areas of the UK, as well as helping to support the UK tourism industry.

WCS Eligibility Criteria for Charities – 2022

  • £350 will be available per socket, with a maximum of 40 applications (£14,000 grant amount)
  • Applicants must be a registered charity
  • The site must have off-street parking to qualify

WCS Eligibility for Small Accommodation Businesses – 2022

  • £350 will be available per socket, with a maximum of 40 applications (£14,000 grant amount)
  •  The small accommodation business must be a registered business with Companies House or have a VAT registration
  • The business must have less than 250 employees
  • The site must have off-street parking to qualify

Staff, visitors and customers will all be permitted to use the EV charge points.

WCS Eligibility Criteria for SMEs – 2022

  • The grant amount will depend on the quantity of parking bays at the small or medium enterprise. However, if a parking bay is provisioned with a charging point, the grant will be £850. A minimum of five bays should be set aside for every one working electric vehicle charger.
  • There is a maximum grant of up to £15,000 per building with a limit of 5 applications. There is no limit on the amount of EV charge point sockets that can be installed on-site, as long as it doesn’t exceed the stated amount, or goes over the 5 application maximum.
  • The applicant must be registered with Companies House or have a VAT registration
  • The site must have off-street parking to qualify

New Build Homes and Offices – EV Charger Law

New legislation was introduced in 2021 by the English government to help tackle potential EV charging infrastructure issues.

This proposal, originally announced back in 2019, is set to come into effect this year. The law will make it mandatory that all newly built homes and offices in England will have to have a smart electric vehicle charger installed on the property. For new office blocks, one smart electric vehicle charging point will need to be installed for every five car parking spaces.

England will be the first country to make it law that all new homes must have smart EV chargers installed on the property. The government hopes the law will inject a boost of electric vehicles chargers around the country, given the plan to phase out conventional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. The Department of Transport has predicted that it will increase the rate of installations from around 500 to up to 700 charging units per month.

All newly built homes will be required to have electric vehicle charging points installed from this year. Old builds will not be obligated to do so.

How will non-residential buildings be affected? 

Any new office blocks will have to install one charging point for every five car parking spaces.

What electric chargers will be compatible with this new law?

Only smart electric vehicle charging points will be installed in these new buildings. It is hoped that installing smart chargers will help promote overnight charging or scheduled charging when the grid is not in demand. EV smart chargers usually include various features such as charge scheduling and solar charging; these features should help support the grid.

Where will this law come into play?

This new legislation will only be in England, with separate legislation needed for Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

When will this change be happening?

The UK government has confirmed legislation will come into force this year (2022).

If you are interested in home or workplace chargers, feel free to contact us. Our expert advisers are standing by to take your calls on 03333 44 96 99 to offer you their expert and unbiased advice. Alternatively, you can contact us through our webchat or email us at [email protected]. 

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Underground cable

We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.

Overhead cable

We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.

Standard Installation
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.