Electric car home charging point grant

Get up to £500 off (or even more if you live in Scotland) a home charger with an electric car charging point grant

Oct 31, 2018

Unless you have somewhere to charge up at home, owning an electric car is currently quite tricky.

Even if you are one of the lucky few 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 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 for more than eight hours for an empty battery to charge fully.

Which is why buyers of new and used electric cars are eligible for a grant 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 quickly. 

The homecharge grant, otherwise referred to as the OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) grant, enables you to get up to £500 off the cost of buying and installing a charging kit for your home.

 

How to claim the electric car charging point grant

In order to claim up to £500, there are first a few stipulations you need to adhere to first:

  • Your electric vehicle must have been registered since October 1, 2016
  • You need to have off-street parking
  • An OLEV-approved home charging point installer must be used

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, Pod Point’s 3.6kW charging system normally costs £779. With the grant, it's reduced to £279.

 

Electric car charging point grant in Scotland

The grant is slightly different in Scotland. The £500 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 £500 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

  • BD Otomotiv eTraffic
  • BD Otomotiv eDucato
  • Citroen Berlingo
  • Mercedes Benz Vito E-Cell
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial

       

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