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The end of the Homecharge Scheme

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles’ (OZEV) Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) closed on March 31st 2022.

What is EVHS?

The EVHS was a government grant to encourage the uptake of electric and hybrid vehicles with financial support towards the cost of home charging points. The grant provided a 75% contribution to the cost of one chargepoint and its installation and was capped at £350 (including VAT) per installation, reduced from £500 in April 2021 and originally £900.

To qualify for an EVHS grant, an individual must own, lease or have ordered a qualifying vehicle and have dedicated off-street parking at their property. Where two qualifying vehicles are owned at the same property two chargepoints would be applicable.

What has EVHS delivered?

Originally introduced by The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (now OZEV) in February 2013, the scheme has contributed towards the installation of more than 157,000 devices and by October 2021 it had paid out £78.9 million in grant funding1.

What will happen at the end of the EVHS?

From April 2022, EVHS will no longer be open to homeowners who live in single-unit properties such as bungalows and detached, semi-detached or terraced housing.

All installations in single-unit properties need to have been completed by 31 March 2022 and grant claims submitted to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) by 30 April 2022.

The scheme will however remain open to:

homeowners who live in flats

people in rental accommodation (flats and single-use properties)

For full details visit OZEV guidance.

Is grant funding still available for electric vehicle charging?

Yes, from 1st April 2022, there are still grants available, depending upon your circumstances and eligibility.

The EV chargepoint grant

The EV chargepoint grant replaces the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) from 1 April 20222. It provides funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle smart chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.

The Workplace Charging Scheme

The Workplace Charge Scheme is open to eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. It is a grant which covers up to 75% of the total costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints up to maximum of £350 per socket, for up to 40 sockets.

For more information on electric vehicle charging or advice on transitioning to an electric vehicle fleet, speak to your EVaaS representative or contact our EV specialists https://www.rivusgroup.co.uk/electric-vehicle-fleet-management/.

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