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Blog – OZEV to focus EVHS on Flats and Apartments

It has been recently announced that from 2022, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), run by The Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), will be extended to residents living in rented accommodation or flats. The conditions of the grant are still similar to the current EVHS, sticking to the rule that off street parking is needed, as well as an OZEV qualifying vehicle, and an approved electric vehicle charging point.

If approved, up to £350 off the cost of installing an EV charge point will be covered by the OZEV grant. The current Electric Vehicle Home charge scheme (EVHS), focusing on private homeowners, is set to run for another year, until 31st March 2022.

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.

London block of apartments with blue sky and cars

However, additional investment will be available for large apartment block owners. Up to £30,000 can be claimed by apartment blocks owners, depending on the quantity of parking bays at the location. 30 applications can be made per year, per building.

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.

So, what are some of the benefits of getting EV charging points installed at flats or apartment blocks?

  • Increase the desirability of rental properties and leaseholds
  • Increase the sale or resale value of an apartment or flat
  • Contribute to cleaner, greener neighbourhoods

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Here at We Power Your Car, we can cater to your every need – covering both commercial and domestic electric vehicle charging point installations. We offer largescale smart EV charger installations, such as for office blocks, flats and new build developments. 

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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.

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.

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.