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Your guide to Scottish Home EV Charger Grants

Your guide to Scottish Home EV charger grants

Are you a Scottish resident? Are you interested in purchasing a home EV charger? Do you want to know if you are eligible for government funding?

You have come to the right place.

We have created a short guide with everything you need to know about the grants you can claim as a Scottish resident, including the new version of the Energy Saving Trust grant.

a guide to scottish home EV charger grants

Energy Saving Trust Grant (EST)

Before March 2022, the Energy Saving Trust grant, funded by Transport Scotland, was a £250 grant that went towards the cost of a dedicated home EV charging point. If you were located in a rural area of Scotland, this grant could have been supplemented by a further £100, meaning £350 would have been available for eligible residents. This version of the Scottish Domestic Charge Point Fund was closed in March. However, it reopened on 8th June 2022, with new grant criteria.

Now, the Energy Saving Trust offer up to £400 of Scottish government funding to contribute towards the cost of an electric vehicle charger and its installation. This new version of the domestic chargepoint funding scheme has been split into two streams and is only available for specific groups of Scottish residents:

  • Rural electric vehicle owners (residents who live in rural areas of Scotland)
  • Used electric vehicle owners (residents who purchased their electric vehicle via the Scottish government’s Used Electric Vehicle Loan)

Am I eligible for the rural electric vehicle owners’ stream?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Live in a category 7 or 8 area in Scotland
  • Own or lease an electric vehicle (including leasing an EV through your work)

To find out if your postcode is eligible for the domestic chargepoint funding scheme, please click here and insert your postcode.

To apply for the rural electric vehicle owners stream, you need to complete this application form.

Am I eligible for the used electric vehicle owners’ stream?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Live in Scotland
  • Have purchased a used electric vehicle through the Energy Saving’s Trust Used Electric Vehicle Loan (and have proof of such)

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. For the rural electric vehicle owner stream, submit your application to Energy Saving Trust (You will need an electronic copy of your quote and proof that you own or lease an EV, i.e., an invoice). On the other hand, for the used electric vehicle owner stream, please follow the instructions you received on your loan offer confirmation email (you will need a quote from your chosen installer and proof of purchase of your EV)
  3. If/when you are approved, EST will issue a grant offer letter. After receiving this confirmation, you will be able to go ahead and book your EV charger installation. Your installation will have to be for the same supplier and the same EV charger from your installer quote. Do not start the process of booking your installation date before you have received confirmation. If you do, you will no longer be eligible.
  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’s portal, and they will reimburse you.

Please note:

  • You can only apply for one of the above funding (i.e., the rural electric vehicle owner’s funding or the used electric vehicle owner’s); you cannot apply for both.
  • Unlike the OZEV grant, you must apply for the Energy Saving Trust grant BEFORE your installation. The EST cannot offer you a grant if your installation has already been completed or is in progress.
  • Installations must be carried out by an OZEV and Energy Saving Trust approved installer.
Energy Saving Trust Scottish EV charger grant

Can I have the new Domestic Chargepoint Funding (EST) and the new OZEV funding (EV Chargepoint Grant)?

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 2035 in the UK. As such, OZEV is providing various support for the mass adoption of plug-in vehicles, such as grants, discounts and tax savings.

One of the previous grants was entitled The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provided a 75% contribution to the cost of an EV home charger and its installation. However, the new OZEV grant no longer caters to single-unit homeowners such as owners of detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and bungalows. Since March 2022, you are eligible for the OZEV grant if you own flats or apartments or rent accommodation (both houses and flats).

So, in short, yes, you can claim for both the Domestic Chargepoint Funding and the EV Chargepoint grant – but only if you are eligible for both. For example, if you own a flat in a rural area of Scotland or you own an apartment and purchased your electric vehicle charger through the used electric vehicle owners stream.

Since Transport for Scotland and OZEV are different bodies, you will have to apply for each grant separately (if you are eligible).

Are there any other government grants available for EV chargers?

You can find information on the available grants for EV chargers in our blog.

Scottish home EV charger grant

Interested in a home EV charger but don’t qualify for any of the grants available?

Don’t worry – there is finance available on all our electric vehicle chargers. Call us today on 03333 44 96 99 for more information – we are open seven days a week, including bank holidays, to offer you free, unbiased advice, support and quotes.

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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.

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.