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13 March 2020, in News, by Lewis Delicata

OLEV Grants for home and workplace charge points

There are two types of OLEV grants for charge points:

  • Home charge point grant (EVHS)
  • Workplace charge point grant (WCS)

Update 13th March 2020: OLEV has changed the grant for home and workplace charge points to £350 per socket, down from £500 to enable more individuals and businesses to benefit. This is effective for installations from 1st April 2020.

1. The OLEV grant for home charge points

Save £350 on purchase and installation of an electric vehicle charge point for your home

The UK government set up a scheme to support the wider use of electric and hybrid cars through the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The grant for home charge points, also known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), provides 75% off the cost of purchasing and installing a home charge point up to a maximum of £350.

Back in December 2018, the UK government announced changes to the OLEV grant for home charge points. The update to the grant conditions mean that all charge points must use smart technology in order to be eligible. These changes came into effect on 1 July 2019.

The new regulations, stating that all partially government-funded home charge points must be “smart”, mean that charge points must now be able to be remotely accessed, and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal. As part of the UK government’s Road to Zero strategy, smart charging capabilities are hoped to help reduce high peaks of electricity demands, minimising the impact of EVs on the grid and to keep costs down for consumers by enabling, and encouraging, off-peak charging.

What is the OLEV Grant for home charge points (EVHS)?

The OLEV Grant (also known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) offers a £350 discount off the purchase & installation costs of a home charging point. The grant is available for most EVs and plug-in hybrids. You can claim one charge point per qualifying vehicle. A household can claim up to two charge point grants.

Do I qualify for the OLEV Grant?

In order to qualify for the OLEV Grant, you will need to:

  • Have a full electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, purchased from the 1st October 2016 onwards. If you do not have your vehicle yet, you must have one on order
  • Have off-street parking (for example, a driveway or garage) at your property
  • If you do not have access to off-street parking, your Local Authority may be able to help

Is my vehicle eligible for the OLEV Grant?

OLEV keeps an up-to-date list of vehicles eligible to receive the EVHS grant. You can find this list here.

Second-hand vehicles also apply – just make sure that with both new and used vehicles that your application for the grant is within four months prior to, or after receiving your vehicle.

2. The OLEV grant for workplace charge points

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a grant provided by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) to enable businesses to provide charging solutions at work at a reduced cost.

What does the OLEV WCS grant look like?

The WCS reduces the purchase and installation cost of a workplace charge point by £350 per socket, for up to a maximum of 40 charge points. This can mean a cost saving of up to £14,000.

Does my business qualify for this grant?

The grant is available to all businesses large or small with some considerations:

  • Your workplace needs to have dedicated off-street parking available
  • Whilst you do not need to have electric vehicles currently in your fleet, or employees who drive electric cars to work, your business should be able to highlight the future need for charging solutions at your workplace
  • Have the work carried out by an OLEV-approved installer