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Government Home Charging Scheme Set To Change Soon

With the 2022 Budget being revealed at the end of October, the UK is once again preparing for many changes. However, one thing that may have slipped under the radar for some drivers is the oncoming revisions to the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).

What Is The EVHS?

You’ve most likely heard that the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles is set to be banned by 2030 in the United Kingdom, but did you know that you can currently receive a grant to help pay towards the cost of electric vehicle (EV) chargers if you drive an EV?

With the climate crisis ongoing, governments across the world are being pressured to do their part in reducing CO2 emissions. For some, like the UK, this endeavour has involved encouraging a shift from petrol and diesel-based automobiles to electric or hybrid cars. As a result, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) is currently contributing towards the cost of EV chargers for homeowners.

In an AA poll featuring 10,293 drivers it was discovered that 50% of young people would be perfectly happy driving electric vehicles. However, 85% of the overall poll believe there aren’t enough EV chargers available. This is where the EVHS and Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) come into play. Whilst the WCS is aimed at businesses and assists with EV charging point costs for employees, the EVHS is aimed at homeowners.

As long as you meet certain criteria; own a home with off-street parking, have the charge point installed by an OZEV approved installer, own (or part-own) an electric vehicle, etc; then you may apply for the grant. For the full list of eligibility requirements and further information on the scheme, you can look on the gov.uk website for the full EVHS publication .

In the meantime, here’s a summarised rundown of how the grant works:

  • The grant is offered through a voucher code that will be accepted by OZEV-approved EV charging port installers.
  • The grant can save you up to 75% off the cost of the charging port and its installation (capped at £350).
  • OZEV-approved installers should apply for the grant on your behalf, as long as you provide the evidence proving you meet certain criteria.
  • The grant is only applicable to certain types of EV charging points.
  • The grant cannot be retrospectively claimed for EV charging points that are already installed.

Changes To The Grant

If you’re a homeowner who drives an electric car, and you don’t already have an EV charging point installed at your property, then there’s no better time to look into applying. As of the 31st of March 2022, the EVHS is set to change, meaning you will no longer qualify for the grant if you own (or are paying a mortgage on) a detached, semi-detached, terraced house, or bungalow.

The EVHS is also due to expire altogether come March 2023, unless the government sees fit to renew it in the 2022 Budget. Which doesn’t seem worth the risk when considering you could potentially miss out on saving up to £350 off the cost of a charging point, and its installation.

The changes to the scheme are due to the focus of the EVHS switching to prioritise landlords and apartment block owners, in an attempt to boost EV use in more densely populated urban areas. This shift in focus makes sense when you consider the rise of Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in UK cities and their high renting population.

The gov.uk page states that the OZEV aims to process claims for experienced installers within 30 working days, meaning there’s still time to reap the benefits of the EVHS. So, if you’re a homeowner and want to benefit from your own EV charger, make sure you don’t miss out on saving money at the same time!

How can System EV can help?

With the wealth of knowledge of electrical experience at System EV, it’s no wonder we’re listed as an OZEV approved installer. This is why we offer to apply for any grant on your behalf – speeding up the application process and getting your new EV charging point/s installed ASAP.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/customer-guidance-electric-vehicle-homecharge-scheme/electric-vehicle-homecharge-scheme-guidance-for-customers