Sales of electric vehicles are growing rapidly in the UK. In 2020, total sales of electric cars more than doubled, despite a difficult overall year for the motor industry.
Ensuring that you can easily charge your car at your home is an important requirement, which reduces both stress and costs for any driver of an EV vehicle. So, when you get your electric car, how can you apply for a grant for an electric vehicle charging station?
Here’s what you need to know:
What is the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme?
This government scheme provides a 75% contribution of up to £350 for any driver who owns or currently leases an eligible electric vehicle since October 1st 2016 to have an EV charging point installed at their home.
If the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles has approved your car as ultra-low emission, then it’s likely that you’ll qualify for the grant. You can also claim for a second charge point if you have two electric vehicles or if you move to a new residence.
How do I claim the grant?
Drivers are unable to apply to the scheme directly but instead must claim through an EVHS-approved installer. This is to make sure that all the necessary requirements for the grant are fully met, including that their electricity supply to their home is sufficient for the charge point to be installed there.
Your property will need to meet specific requirements in order to qualify, such as dedicated off-street parking.
The customer and installer mutually complete the forms and paperwork for the grant. As the customer, you will only need to pay 25% of the cost of installation or any extra costs if the work totals more than £467.
How do I find my EVHS-approved installer?
You can find a comprehensive list of authorised installers on the government’s website. These installers have been authorised by the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to install your EV charging point at your home and it’s imperative to use one of your local authorised installers in order to be eligible for the grant.
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