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Everything you need to know about EV grants

There are many generous grants available from the government to help with the costs of electric vehicle charging. They are all easily accessible and simple to receive, although the process may seem daunting. There are two key types of grants: the Electrical Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). The EVHS is for individuals and the WCS is focussed towards commercial businesses.

Easy, helpful and extremely monetarily beneficial, these grants are an amazing incentive which make EVs even more attractive for prospective buyers – especially for businesses looking for eco-friendly, green company cars.

EVHS in short

The EVHS is a grant which provides funding for up to 75% off the cost of installing an electric vehicle charge point in your home. This is capped at £350, including VAT. In order to claim the grant, you must have an eligible vehicle and charger type, an eligible property, and use an OLEV certified installer. When you buy your charger and arrange your installation with We Power Your Car, we tick all these boxes for you. When your EV charger is installed, we make sure your paperwork is signed to complete your grant application and save you up to £350.

Who qualifies?

A list of chargers and electric vehicles which are eligible for the grant is available on the government website. However, if you fill in our form to get a quote, we’ll let you know if you’re eligible for one in under a minute.

Once you have completed this simple step, there is a key date to bear in mind: 1st October 2016. Anybody who has taken ownership of a first or second hand EV on or after this date is eligible for the grant. This also includes those who rent or are assigned as the primary user of an EV by an employer for at least six months.

In addition to this, if you can prove that you have ordered an EV you are also eligible. You can only have the grant for one charger installation per vehicle, and in one household you can have a maximum of two – provided the vehicles are both in active use.

You must also have private off-street parking belonging to the property where you want to install the charger. Whether on your driveway or in an attached or detached garage, all these options make you eligible for the grant.

Uncomplicated installation

As previously mentioned, the engineer which installs your EV charger must be OLEV approved for you to be eligible for the government grant. When you arrange your electric vehicle charger installation with us, we will always organise an OLEV approved engineer for your installation making the whole process pain-free. The engineer will assess your property, carry out your EV charger installation and claim the grant for you. This grant and our installations are available UK-wide.

What about WCS?

The WCS is a voucher-based scheme which any business, charity or public authority can apply for. Again, this grant provides funding for up to 75% off the purchase and installation of EV charge points. This is capped at £350 (including VAT) with up to a maximum of 40 charging points across all sites for one company. Your business can apply for the vouchers via an online application form. Once generated, these vouchers are valid for up to six months and the installation must happen during this period.

As with the OLEV grant, your installation must be done by an OLEV-authorised engineer who will then use the vouchers to claim the grant. When you arrange your site visit with We Power Your Car, all our engineers are authorised.

Is my site suitable?

The site must have designated off street parking that is solely dedicated to staff. This can be either staff-only parking spaces or a staff car park. In addition, the 40 power-points can be installed in any number of sites – for example you could have 40 chargers on one site or one charger on 40 different sites, giving businesses the opportunity to allocate the EV chargers with flexibility.

Furthermore, companies do not actually need to own any electrical vehicles to qualify for the grant. All you need to do is to declare a need for EV charging points or show an intention to encourage electrical vehicle uptake amongst your staff or your company car fleet. Becoming a greener company can not only be a moral decision but also a wise financial decision.

We offer workplace and commercial charging solutions for all sizes and types of business. Get in touch with us to arrange a site visit for your company – the price we quote won’t change.

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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.

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 for the Homecharger covers the majority of homes in the UK and includes the following: