What is the OLEV grant? This guide covers recent changes and explains how to claim for one or more EV charging points.
Recent changes to OLEV grants give more support to businesses, organisations and homes to install approved electric vehicle charging points.
The government is keen to promote the adoption of EV charging as part of its wider strategy to reduce emissions up to 2050 and the grants are distributed by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The OLEV grant, also known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), provides up to £500 of the cost of purchase and installation of charging points and are available for most electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars. The scheme was first launched in October 2016.
An EV is covered provided that it appears in the eligibility lists for the the Plug-in Car Grant, Plug-in Van Grant, Plug-in Taxi Grant or the list of EVHS eligible vehicles.
Currently, eligible vehicles are:
- Audi A3 e-tron
- Audi Q7 e-tron*
- BMW 225xe
- BMW 330e
- BMW 530e
- BMW i3 and i3s
- BMW i8*
- BYD e6
- Chevrolet Volt*
- Citroen CZero
- Ford Focus Electric
- Hyundia IONIQ Electric
- Hyundai IONIQ PHEV
- Hyundai KONA Electric
- Jaguar I-PACE
- Kia Niro PHEV
- Kia Soul EV
- Kia Optima PHEV
- Mahindra e2o
- Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
- Mercedes-Benz E350 e AMG Line
- Mercedes-Benz E350 e SE
- Mercedes-Benz C350 e
- Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid*
- Mitsubishi iMiEV*
- MINI Countryman PHEV
- Mitsubishi Outlander
- Nissan e-NV200 (5-seater and 7-seater)
- Nissan LEAF
- Peugeot iON
- Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid*
- Range Rover P400e*
- Range Rover Sport P400e*
- Renault Fluence*
- Renault ZOE
- Smart EQ fortwo
- Smart EQ forfour
- Tesla Model S
- Tesla Model X
- Toyota Prius Plug-in
- Vauxhall Ampera
- Volkswagen e-Golf
- Volkswagen e-up!
- Volkswagen Golf GTE
- Volkswagen Passat GTE
- Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine
- Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine
- Volvo XC60 Twin Engine
- Volvo S90 Twin Engine
- Volvo V90 Twin Engine
- Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine* (Momentum only from MY17)
- BD Otomotiv eTraffic
- BD Otomotiv eDucato
- Citroen Berlingo
- Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell
- LDV EV80 van
- LDV EV80 chassis cab
- Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial
- Nissan e-NV200 (cargo van)
- Peugeot ePartner
- Renault Kangoo ZE
- Smith Electric Smith Edison
- LEVC TX
*not eligible for the plug-in car grant
Updated lists of vehicles will be published here
Workplace Charging Scheme
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) helps with initial costs to purchase and install EV charging points.
It is available to qualifying businesses, charities and public sector organisations who can apply for vouchers of up to 75% of the costs up to £500 per charging point, up to a maximum of 20 across all sites. This is up from £300 set two years ago.
Franchisees are eligible, with maximum of 10 from each franchise that can apply.
OLEV has advised that any business or organisation with the previous but unused £300 vouchers can withdraw and reapply for the higher amount, provided that no installation work has been carried out.
Application must be made online and following eligibility checks a unique identification voucher code is issued by email, to give to an OLEV-authorised WCS installer and it is valid for four months.
Following installation, the authorised installer claims the grant on the applicant’s behalf via the online installer portal.
The grant application process has six steps:
- Applicant completes on-line application
- Voucher generated
- Installer completes installation
- Installer submits claim on the portal
- Grant level confirmed, up to 75% of the costs capped at £500
- Installer receives grant
In all cases, those seeking a grant will need to use an approved installer.
SaveMoneyCutCarbon has been approved by OLEV (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.
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OLEV 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.
Applications can be made for further vouchers to cover additional sites and charging points up a maximum of 20 sockets. The OLEV grants are also covered by de minimis state aid rules (allows aid up to 200,000 Euros over a three-year year fiscal period).
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) has also been updated with higher grants and to include vehicles eligible under the Plug-in Taxi Grant.
Grants of up to 75% of the costs (up to £500) of purchase and installation of approved charging points are available for people who own a new eligible electric vehicle or a second-hand EV purchased since October 1st 2016.
This is not available if they have claimed against the previous charging point scheme.
The scheme is also open to people who have been given a company car or who lease an eligible EV from the same date. It also covers those named by their employer as the primary EV user for a period of at last six months after October 1st 2016.
Those who have ordered an eligible EV are also covered by the scheme.
The application process covers two parts. Each application form requires the registered EV keeper, lessee or named individual to show evidence of ownership, lease or use. Every grant claim needs to be accompanied by a form that includes a customer declaration.
Only authorised installers that have approval from a charging point manufacturer to install their accredited equipment can claim the grant.
Installation must not be more than four months ahead of EV delivery or start date of vehicle use.
The three-step process is:
- Customer completes Part A of Annex D (the customer declarations on the application form), no more than six weeks before installation.
- On the installation day, If a customer is not going to be present, a third party can sign the cost declaration (Part B) on the customer’s behalf on the day.
- The authorised installer claims up to 75% of the cost up to a maximum of £500 on behalf of the customer.
It is important to agree terms for meeting the residual costs with the installer before the work is completed. The grant will only be paid when installation is completed.
The EVHS grant is limited to one installation at a domestic residence per eligible vehicle, up to a maximum of two charging points in one home, provided that the customer has two eligible EVs. The two EV charging schemes are part of the government’s Road to Zero strategy that aims to promote the uptake of EV cars and vans. It is committed to invest £1.5 billion in ultra-low EVs by 2020.
The target is at least 50% of new car sales to be EV with a hope for 70% by 2030, as well as up to 40 per cent of new vans. By 2050, the target is for nearly all cars and vans to be zero-emission.
The Road to Zero strategy also aims to push for all new homes to have EV charging points and for all new lamp posts to have charging facilities.
The government will also set up a £400m Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to accelerate roll-out of the EV charging infrastructure.