Changes to EV charger grants this month give much more support to landlords and businesses – it’s a great time now to invest in EV charge points.
The government has shifted its focus from homes to speed the adoption of EV charging as part of its wider strategy to reduce emissions up to 2050 and the EV charge point grants are distributed by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
The OZEV grant for homeowners ended on March 31st and the revised rules fill gaps where funding was unavailable for some EV owners and commercial property owners. The government is confident that the fresh approach will improve the UK’s charging infrastructure by providing more affordable charge point installation.
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What are the new EV charger grant rules?
OZEV has new eligibility criteria for both the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) and Homecharge Grant Scheme (EVHS).
Under the new OZEV rules, grants of £350 allocated through EVHS to help with off-street EV charge point installation are only available to eligibility to:
- Owners of apartment blocks
- Social housing providers.
It’s a big shift which effectively removed sole responsibility for installing an individual EV charge point away from individual flat owners. However, the grant can still be claimed by people who rent their homes or those who live in flats.
Applicants in this category must:
- Live in a rented property or own a flat
- Have dedicated off-street parking
- Own, lease or have use of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle eligible for the grant
- Not have already claimed the grant or previous version.
OZEV has also ended the option to claim for two EV charge points if you own a second electric vehicle.
Is your EV eligible for the grant?
All full battery electric vehicles are eligible, but plug-in hybrid vehicle CO2 emissions must be calculated below 50g/km. The full list of eligible vehicles is available on the government’s website.
What’s happening to commercial property and workplace grants?
Owners of commercially let properties can now apply for substantial financial support under the revised OZEV rules with a maximum grant of up to £35,000 and a limit of 100 applications.
- The grants cover costs of up to £350 per socket
- Properties must be commercially let, with parking
- Charge points must be installed in private parking spaces reserved for staff/fleet use.
The applicant must be a registered business or a public authority. If a private entity, they may be registered with Companies House, have a VAT registration, or be a private registered provider of social housing.
What’s on offer for landlords & social housing providers?
- A grant of up to £350 per socket
- A maximum grant up to £70,000, limit of 200 applications
- The property must have associated private parking.
- No limit on the number of charge point sockets installed in each property (within the overall maximum grant available).
Applicants must be a registered business or public authority. If they are a private entity, they may be registered with Companies House, have a VAT registration, or be a private registered provider of social housing.
What’s OLEV offering apartment building owners?
- A grant of up to £30,000 per building
- Limit of 30 applications a year per applicant
- Grant of up to £850 is available per bay
- Grant available depends on number of parking bays that can be provided with a charge point socket
- The property must have private parking
- Grants of up to £500 per bay for supporting infrastructure to allow a charge point to be installed later.
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Applicants for the grant must be a registered business or a public authority, and if a private entity must be registered with Companies House, have a VAT registration, or be a private registered provider of social housing.
There’s no limit on the number of charge point sockets that can be installed in each property within the overall £30,000 grant. A minimum of 5 bays must be for EV charging and at least one must have a charge point.
The OZEV rules will make the workplace grant also available to:
- Small accommodation businesses
What help is available for small accommodation businesses and charities?
- A grant of up to £350 grant is available per socket
- A maximum grant of up to £14,000 is permitted with a limit of 40 applications
- Accommodation businesses must employ less than 250 employees
- Charities must be registered.
In both cases, the applicants must have off-street parking, but staff and visitors are permitted to use the charge points.
The changes mean that, for example, holiday cottage owners can claim up to £350 for a charging socket cost but now this can be used by guests. Under the old scheme, the charge point had to be reserved for use by staff.
What EV charger help is available for SMEs?
- A grant of up to £850 per parking bay
- A maximum grant of up to £15,000 per building, limited to 5 applications
- Grants of up to £500 per bay for supporting infrastructure to allow a charge point to be installed at a later date
- Applicants must be a registered with Companies House or have a VAT registration
- Businesses must employ less than 250 employees
- The charge point must be installed with private parking
- A minimum of 5 bays should be set aside for EV charging, one having a charge point installed.
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In all cases, those seeking a grant will need to use an approved installer.
SaveMoneyCutCarbon has been approved by OZEV (under the company name Intelligent Resource) and the team is ready to help with choosing the right charging point models as well as the grant application process.
OZEV recommends that applicants commission a site survey before applying to identify what can be installed. “We can help with this – call us on 0333 123 5464 or fill out the form below.
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