£350 OZEV grant for electric car charging points
There is still a government OZEV grant for home charging point installations.
This is to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles around the UK.
The grant is a 75% contribution towards the cost of one chargepoint and its installation, up to a maximum of £350 (including VAT).
However, the eligibility criteria changed on 1 April 2022. Read on for details.
Although the OZEV grant amount of £350 hasn’t changed, the table shows how fewer people can now access it:
|up to 31 March 2022||£350||The EV charger grant was available to pretty much everyone, including homeowners who lived in ‘single-unit properties’, namely bungalows and detached, semi-detached or terraced housing.|
|from 1 April 2022||£350||Now the grant is only available to (i) homeowners who live in flats, and (ii) people in rental accommodation (flats and single-use properties).|
Office for Zero Emission Vehicles
The grant is paid by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
Confusingly, up until December 2020, this government department was called the Office for Low Emission Vehicles or OLEV. You’ll come across both terms.
You may also see the OLEV grant, or OZEV grant, referred to as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), though the official name is now the ‘EV Chargepoint Grant’.
The OZEV guidance document for the scheme can be found here.
Here is a summary of the main eligibility criteria:
- You must either live in a flat that you own, or
- Live in rental accommodation (flats or single-use properties)
- You need to own, lease, or have ordered a qualifying vehicle
- You must have dedicated off-street parking at your property.
- You may apply for two chargepoints at the same property if you have 2 qualifying vehicles.
Fortunately, the applicant doesn’t have to submit all the paperwork for the OZEV grant (OLEV grant). You don’t know how lucky you are! It’s pretty onerous, but the burden falls on the charging point installer instead.
We think the grant is very generous. A charging point installation, covering both the supply of the unit and labour, can easily cost from £800 to well over £1,000. Getting the government to subsidise the cost to the tune of £350 is a major coup. If you have an electric car, or are buying one soon, strike while the iron is hot. The grant may not be around forever…