The home EV charging grant has changed
Published on April 6th, 2022 | by Sophie West
The £350 government grant for home EV chargers has changed as of the 1st of April 2022. If you live in a single dwelling such as a house or bungalow you will no longer be able to apply for the grant. However, the government haven’t stopped the grant completely and have changed its focus.
What is the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)?
It was identified early on that many electric vehicle or hybrid vehicle owners do most of their charging at home, so a grant was created aimed at helping with the upfront cost of installing a charge point at your property.
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) oversees the grant for the buying and installing of a wall box charger, up to a maximum of £350.
How did the scheme work before April 2022?
Before the 1st of April 2022, any homeowner living in a single property such as a bungalow or any type of house (detached, semi-detached or terraced) who had off-street parking could apply to receive £350 off a new home charger. Typically these grants were collected by the company installing the charger and you paid for the installation minus the grant.
The scheme covered those who could prove they ordered and bought an electric vehicle. Those leasing an electric car and company car drivers were eligible too. As a homeowner, you also had to have off-street parking such as a driveway.
What is the scheme now? (April 2022 onwards)
From the 1st of April 2022, the scheme for the grant changed. The £350 grant is no longer available for private homeowners with off-street parking. The new grant targets:
- Rental properties
- Social housing
- Apartment blocks
If you rent or live in a flat you will be able to get up to £350 off the cost of a fully installed charging point. However, you will need to have an eligible electric vehicle and off-street parking.
Social housing providers, along with landlords, can get paid up to £350 per charging point up to a maximum of £70,000. Having EV chargers on your properties can make them more attractive to potential tenants, especially if they are more eco-conscious.
If you own an apartment block you can also apply for the new grant. It works a little differently as you will be paid £850 per parking bay/charger. This has a cap of £30,000 per building with a maximum of 30 applications per year, per applicant.
If you’re not ready to install chargers, you can access £500 to install the electrical infrastructure needed to put a charger in place. This will allow you to make the parking bays electric ready.
What to do next?
If you’re looking at an electric vehicle, or you want to give your tenants information about the benefits of electric vehicles then you can speak to the team on 01527 571 605 or download our ‘alternative fuel vehicle’ guide here.