The Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme (EVHS) was introduced back in September 2019 to help encourage the transition from petrol and diesel cars to electric vehicles.
OZEV (The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles), announced this year that they have decided to switch up their scheme to accommodate a new group of residents. This means there’s going to be some significant changes coming in 2022 as to who’s eligible for the £350 grant.
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.
Firstly, what is OZEV?
OZEV, or The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, is a team working across the government to support the transition to zero emission vehicles. You may or may not be aware that there will be a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 in the UK. As such, OZEV is providing various support for the mass adoption of plug-in vehicles.
What is the EVHS?
OZEV is encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles through various grants, discounts, and tax savings.
One of these grants is The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provides a 75% contribution to the cost of an EV home charger and its installation. This grant is capped at £350 (including VAT) per installation.
The EVHS grant is commonly known as the OZEV grant because it is governed by The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
To learn more about the grant, OZEV has created a helpful guide.
How do I qualify for the OZEV grant as a private resident in 2021?
What you need to know: The EVHS eligibility rules are changing from April 2022
Since the start of the EVHS scheme, the grant has been specifically for UK homeowners with dedicated off-street parking on their property, such as a garage or a driveway.
However, 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.
What are the deadlines for the current EVHS Scheme focused on homeowners?
The last date for an EV charge point installation under this version of the EVHS scheme will be the 31st March 2022. If an EV charge point installation takes place after this date, no grant funding will be provided.
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.
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.
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Do I still have time to apply for the grant as a private UK homeowner?
The answer is YES – As long as you claim the grant before 30th April 2022 and your home EV charge point is installed by 31st March 2022, you can still benefit from the £350 grant under the current EVHS scheme.
To make it even easier, all you have to do is get in touch with us, and we will sort the rest!
We will check your eligibility for the OZEV grant, apply on your behalf and submit all the paperwork for you.
All our chargers are OZEV approved, and we are fully authorised by OZEV to carry out home charger supply and installation.
Get £350 off the cost of purchasing and installing an EV charging point at home whilst you still can! Our expert advisers are standing by to take your calls on 03333 44 96 99. Alternatively, you can access our webchat service on our contact page or email us at [email protected].
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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.
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.