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EV Charger Grant – Am I Eligible?

If you lease a plug-in electric vehicle and have off-street parking, you will want to get a dedicated home charging point installed for maximum charging speed and safety.

Fortunately, the government offers a £350 grant off the installation price. Read our short guide explaining how the grant works.

Why Is There A Grant For Charging Points?

The government wants to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK, making our air cleaner and reducing CO2 emissions.

If you do lease an electric vehicle, you’ll probably also want to get a charging point installed at your home, assuming you have a garage or driveway. Without a grant, charging points can cost anywhere from £800 to a gargantuan £1,500, depending on the model.

The government EV charger grant, administered by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), is therefore designed to soften the financial blow of the charger. The official name of the grant is the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).

How Much Is The Grant?

The grant is a maximum of £350 including VAT per charging point installation.

Technically, the grant provides a 75% contribution towards the cost of the charger and installation. But in reality, due to the relatively high cost of the hardware and labour combined, the grant always comes out at £350 off.

Am I Eligible?

You can get the EV charger grant if you:

  • Lease an eligible plug-in electric vehicle for at least 6 months, and
  • Have private, off-street parking at the property where you are resident

If you have two electric cars, you can get two charging points installed, both with the grant applied, so a total saving of £700.

You can get the charger installed with the grant even before you actually have possession of the car. It just needs to be on order.

How Do I Get The Grant?

Benefitting from the grant is really easy, as you don’t actually have to do any paperwork.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred EVHS-approved charger model and linked up with an OZEV-authorised installation company (we can help you with this), it’s the installer that handles the fiddly grant application process.

The installation company will apply to OZEV on your behalf to secure the grant. All you have to do is check and agree you meet the qualifying criteria, and sign the EVHS installation form.

Charger Grant Process – It's Simple

  1. Lease a plug-in electric vehicle
  2. Pick an OZEV-approved EV charging point
  3. Select an authorised installer
  4. Pay the installer's invoice which includes your £350 off
  5. The installer reclaims the grant from OZEV

You've Just Leased An Electric Vehicle – Here's What Happens

Imagine you decide to lease a Kia e-Niro electric car and choose the Pro Earth home charger, manufactured by Project EV.

Without the grant, the charger itself plus installation costs come to £799 including VAT. However, the installation company will invoice you for £799 minus the grant amount of £350. Your total cost to pay will therefore be £449 including VAT.

It’s then up to the authorised installer to reclaim the £350 grant. There’s no risk or hassle for you.

Is There A Grant For Chargers At Work?

Yes, there is a version of the EV charger grant called the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).

The grant amount is the same at £350 off, but companies can install up to 40 chargepoints. That would amount to a mighty £14,000 grant for all 40 chargers.

The Workplace Charging Scheme is a voucher-based system. Companies can apply online and then successful applicants are issued with a unique identification voucher code. The voucher is valid for 180 days. The OZEV-authorised installer will use the code to recover the grant.

What If I Can't Charge At Home?

If you don't have off-street parking or a garage, don't despair! There are a number of ways you can charge your electric vehicle away from home including:

  • Use a neighbour's or community charging point via the Co Charger app
  • Charge at a nearby supermarket, restaurant, carpark, gym or other shopping/leisure centre
  • Look out for handy lamppost chargers in city parking bays
  • Take advantage of rapid charging stations at motorway services and other convenient locations on your route
  • If you're lucky and your employer has installed charging points at work, you can charge up during the 9-5 and have a 'full tank' when you go home!

Want to know more or enquire about a car? Why not phone one of our friendly EV consultants on 0118 920 5130 or email us at enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk

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