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£350 electric car charger grant is changing in April 2022

If you get a charger for your electric car installed at home, the government currently gives you £350 off. That all changes in April next year. Here’s what you need to know.


How the scheme currently works

If you decide to lease an electric car and have off-street parking, it makes sense to have a dedicated charging point installed. It allows you to charge your car’s battery quickly and safely. There’s a wide variety of chargepoints to choose from.

Whichever charger you select, as long as you meet the right criteria, you currently get £350 off the total cost of the charger and installation. The grant is administered by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) via their Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).


The new charger grant scheme from April 2022

However, from 1 April 2022 the grant scheme is changing. The £350 grant will no longer be available to private home-owners with a driveway or garage. If you're considering an electric car and want to get the grant, now is a good time to look for deals.

The new grant will be targeted at:

  • Rental accommodation
  • Social housing
  • Apartment blocks


If you rent or live in a flat

Via OZEV’s brand new digital platform, applicants can get up to £350 off the cost of a fully installed charging point. You need to have a qualifying electric vehicle and off-street parking.

This is great news for renters of both houses and flats. Making the switch to electric motoring is suddenly available to a wider audience.


Landlords and social housing providers

If you are either a private landlord or manage social housing, you can now access the charger grant from April 2022.

£350 is paid out per charging point, up to a maximum of £70,000 for no more than 200 applications a year.

Having EV chargers on properties will help make them more attractive to eco-conscious tenants.


Apartment block owners

Owners of apartment blocks can also apply for the new grant. £850 is paid per parking bay, per charger. Up to £30,000 is available per building, with a maximum of 30 applications per year per applicant.

Alternatively, £500 can be accessed to install all the electrical infrastructure needed to put a charger in. This allows apartment block owners to make parking bays ‘electric ready’. When the time comes, the chargers themselves can then be put in with minimum fuss.


Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)

The existing Workplace Charging Scheme is aimed at getting charging points installed at business locations.

It will now be extended to cover:

  • Small accommodation businesses like B&Bs plus charities
  • Owners of commercially-let properties
  • Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs)

For full details of these workplace charger grants, see the OZEV WCS page.


Next steps

  • If you’re thinking about leasing a plug-in electric or hybrid vehicle, take a look at all our special offers.


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