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Blog – Your guide to Scottish Home EV Charger Grants

Please note – From March 2022, the Scottish Domestic Charge Point Fund will be closed to applications until further notice. The OZEV grant criteria will also change from April 2022.  

Are you a Scottish resident? Are you interested in purchasing a home EV charger? Do you want to know how to save £600 on an EV charge point and its installation?

Well, you have come to the right place!

We have created a short guide with everything you need to know about the Energy Saving Trust grant and the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (usually referred to as the OZEV grant).

However, if you are not a Scottish resident, please note that the Energy Saving Trust grant is not applicable to you.

If you are located in Scotland, there are two grants available to you: the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) or commonly known as the OZEV grant, and the Energy Saving Trust (EST) grant.

You can save £350 off the price of an electric vehicle charge point with the EVHS grant, and then an additional £250 (or £350 if you live in rural Scotland), on top of that with the EST grant. You can therefore save a whopping £600 off the cost of a home EV charge point! Any remaining costs above the £350 provided by OZEV and the £250 funding provided by Energy Saving Trust, you would need to pay for yourself.

One of the biggest differences between the OZEV grant and the EST grant is that for the Scottish grant, you must apply for the grant BEFORE your installation. The EST cannot offer you a grant if your installation has already been completed.

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust grant, funded by Transport Scotland, is a £250 grant that goes towards the cost of a dedicated home EV charging point. If you are located in a rural area of Scotland, this grant can be supplemented by a further £100, meaning £350 would be available for those residents. Any funding claimed from Energy Saving Trust will need to be done retrospectively – you will pay your supplier first, and then Energy Saving Trust will provide you with your reimbursement. However, you will need to get the relevant paperwork sorted, along with confirmation from EST that you have been approved before your EV charger installation. You cannot apply for the EST grant once the home charge point has been installed and approval is also needed before installation.

This is different to how the EVHS grant (OZEV) works, whereby you can still claim the grant back after installation has been completed.

Do I qualify for the Energy Saving Trust grant?

You qualify for the £250 EST grant if:

  • You are an electric vehicle owner, you lease an EV, or you use an electric vehicle through work
  • You are a Scottish resident and your address is located in Scotland
  • Your electric vehicle must appear on the EVHS (OZEV) list of eligible vehicles. The EST is also open for vehicles appearing on this list that are second hand
  • The charger must be in line with the OZEV technical specification and be approved by OZEV (all our EV chargers are OZEV approved)
  • Your completed application form and other supporting documents must be submitted before installation occurs
  • Installations must be carried out by one of the EST approved installers (Please note – We Power Your Car will not appear on the approved list of installers, but Smarter Utility, our partner, will be on the list. You can still contact us for a quote and be eligible for the EST grant).

Do I qualify for the £350 EST grant?

The standard value for the EST grant is £250.  However, there is an additional top up available. To be eligible for the £350 extra, your property must have a postcode that falls under category 8 of the Scottish Government’s most recent Urban Rural Classification. The top up is a maximum of £100.

The EST grant is available on a first come, first served basis, and Transport Scotland reserve the right to remove this offer at any time.

How do I claim the EST grant?

  1. Contact an approved installer and request a quote for an OZEV approved dedicated home EV charger
  2. Submit your application here (You will need an electronic copy of your quote and proof that you own an EV, i.e. an invoice)
  3. If/when you are approved, EST will be in contact by email. After you have received this confirmation, you will then be able to go ahead and book your EV charger installation. Your installation will have to be for the same supplier and same EV charger from your installer quote
  4. After your installation has been completed,  your chosen installer will issue you with an invoice as well as an electrical installation certificate (EIC)
  5.  Once you have paid, your installer will send across confirmation in the form of a paid invoice. Please send this invoice, your electrical installation certificate and your completed grant claim form to EST and they will reimburse you.

If you have any queries regarding the Energy Saving Trust grant, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or, contact EST on [email protected].

Electric Vehicle Chargepoint Grant (known as the OZEV Grant or EVHS Scheme) 

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.

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).

Do I qualify for the OZEV grant? 

  • To qualify, a customer must have a property in the UK with dedicated off-street parking, such as a garage or a driveway.
  • The customer must also 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.
  • Additionally, the customer must have not already claimed the grant. The only exception to this 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 OZEV approved smart charger. See the list of OZEV approved chargers here. The charger must also be installed by an approved OZEV installer.

How do I claim this grant?

To claim the £350 EVHS government grant, all you have to do is get in touch with us. We Power Your Car will sort the rest! We will check your eligibility for the 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. To find out more, please read our blog post here, or our guide here. Or, you can contact us on 03333 44 96 99 or email us at [email protected]

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.

Save £600 off an electric vehicle home charger now!  Our expert advisers are standing by to take your calls on 03333 44 96 99. Alternatively, you can access our webchat service or email us at [email protected]. 

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Tethered charger

This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

Spread over a 60 month period.

Also available over 24, 36 and 48 month periods.

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Your order is not confirmed until your application has been approved.

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.