The Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme (EVHS) was introduced in September 2019 to help encourage the transition from petrol and diesel cars to electric.
In this blog, we will cover the basics of the EVHS grant, and report any new changes to the scheme that could potentially affect you.
OZEV, or The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, is a team working across the government to support the UK’s transition to zero emission vehicles, such as battery electric cars.
You may or may not be aware that there will be a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 in the UK. As such, OZEV is providing various support for the mass adoption of plug-in vehicles.
OZEV is encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles through various grants, discounts, and tax savings.
One of these grants was the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provided a 75% contribution to the cost of an EV home charger and its installation, capped at £350 (including VAT) per installation. The EVHS grant was commonly known as the OZEV grant because it is governed by The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
Since the start of the EVHS scheme, the grant was specifically for UK homeowners with dedicated off-street parking on their property, such as a garage or a driveway.
It’s important to note that the electric vehicle homecharge scheme ended in 2022, meaning this grant is no longer available. 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.
However, there are alternative grants available – although this for single unit home owners.
With our range of market leading EV chargers and engineers across the UK, we can install home electric vehicle chargers nationwide, handling the process from start to finish. As OZEV-approved EV charger installers, we can also claim grants on your behalf and handle any paperwork.
Additionally, finance options available on our range of home EV chargers to ensure maximum flexibility and lesson the upfront cost.
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This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
Spread over a 60 month period.
Tenants and homeowners are eligible for finance.
You decide the amount of months.
Minimum of £1000.
We will contact you to process the credit application. Approval is subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. 13.9% APR representative. T&Cs apply.
Your order is not confirmed until your application has been approved.
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.
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.
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.
A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation.
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.