Electric car home charging point grant

Get up to £350 off (or even more if you live in Scotland) a home charger with an electric car charging point grant

Oct 8, 2021

Unless you have somewhere to charge up at home or can regularly recharge at work, owning an electric car or even a plug-in hybrid car is currently quite tricky. Even if you are lucky to have a public charging point nearby, there's no guarantee that it will be available - or even working.

It is possible to charge most electric and hybrid cars from a three-pin plug but not advisable - not least because the low 3kW power from such a socket means that you can be waiting an awful long time for an empty battery to charge fully. Cars with big batteries can take over 24 hours to recharge from a normal household socket. Using extension leads is a no-go, too, because it could lead to overheating and fire.

Which is why buyers of new and used electric cars are eligible for a grant (called the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, or EVHS) to fit a charging point at their home. These devices allow you to charge a car up three times faster than a conventional plug, and can usually be installed without much fuss.

The homecharge grant, otherwise referred to as the OZEV (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) grant, pays up to 75% of the cost of the purchase and installation of a home wallbox, up to a maximum of £350 (previously £500). This is on top of the plug-in car grant, which discounts the price of an electric vehicle by up to £2500.

How to claim the electric car charging point grant

In order to claim up to £350, there are first a few stipulations you need to adhere to first:

  • Your electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle must have been registered since October 1, 2016
  • You need to be the registered keeper or leaseholder, or prove that you will have a car delivered in the next four months
  • You need to have off-street parking
  • An OZEV-approved home charging point installer must be used
  • You can’t have previously claimed for the grant

If you meet these stipulations, then your next step is to contact an approved installer. The government has published a full list.

There are a wide range of chargers available, from companies including Chargemaster, Pod Point and EV Box. Your installer should be able to help you decide which is best for you. Once you've chosen, they will claim the money back on your behalf. The grant is paid in arrears, so the installer may offer the discount up front, or ask you to pay the full amount and refund you after installation.

Electric car charging point grant: the costs

The cost of each charging point varies from supplier to supplier. As an example, a tethered 7kW 'Pod Point Solo' charger would cost £949, or £599 with the grant applied. An untethered 7kW 'BP Pulse Homecharger 7' costs £699, or £1,049 prior to the grant.

Electric car charging point grant in Scotland

The grant is slightly different in Scotland. The £350 towards the cost is still available, however, there is an additional £300 further funding that can be claimed from the Energy Saving Trust.

You will pay for the costs, minus the £350 OLEV grant, then the Energy Saving Trust will reimburse you £300.

New and used cars eligible for the electric car charging point grant

 

New and used vans eligible for the electric car charging point grant

 

 

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