Changes to the OLEV Funding Grant
Electric vehicle homecharge scheme and workplace charging scheme
As from the 1st of April 2020 the grant for these schemes will be set at £350 towards the cost of purchase and installation of a chargepoint at home through the electric vehicle homecharge scheme, and £350 towards a chargepoint socket at work through the workplace charging scheme. This is a reduction from £500 to £350. The new rate will apply to installations on or after 1st April 2020 for EVHS, and will apply to voucher applications submitted on or after 1st April 2020 for WCS.
The change in the grant will enable twice as many people to benefit from a grant (from 30,000 to 57,000 under the EVHS). This will support the expected increase in the update of electric vehicles.
The government is also pleased to announce 2 further changes of:
we are extending who can benefit from the EVHS scheme to include larger electric motorbikes. Currently only electric cars and vans are eligible
we are addressing the needs of businesses by doubling the number of sockets allowed under the workplace charging scheme from 20 to 40
Local authorities can apply for a grant to cover part of the capital costs of installing chargepoints for residents who lack off-street parking. The grant rate will be set at £6,500 per chargepoint. We can extend this to £7,500 per chargepoint in certain circumstances and only on occasions where a local authority has demonstrated a need for this level of support. The change in the grant rate, from £7,500 to £6,500, will apply for applications for the 2020/21 financial year.
By lowering the cap we will be able to support more chargepoints with the available funding. This will enable us to support more local authorities overall and contribute to a better spread of chargepoints across the country. We want to make sure every local authority in the country has the chance to access this funding so we can level up provision across the UK.
Further, while the scheme will remain broadly first come, first serve, we will look to prioritise on basis of need and whether previous funding has been awarded in order to ensure we level up provision across the country.
The Answers You Need
Who can Apply?
The grant is for all customers residing in the UK, holding evidence of ownership, lease, or those who are the primary user of an eligible EV. Make sure to check if your car makes the cut as this will depend on cost and emission levels. You will also be required to confirm you have off-street parking facilities suitable for charging station installation.
How do I apply?
The best way is to contact your installer, which can apply for the funding on your behalf. However, the installer must first be approved by the charging station manufacturer and accredited by OLEV to install that specific charging station.
Sussex Car Charge is an approved Installer of OLEV EVHS charge points and works with a series of trained and approved installers & manufacturers who will be able to assist and guide you through this process.
Can I claim OLEV on a Second Hand EV or Company Car?
You can apply for the grant if you have bought a new or second-hand EV and within four months prior to, or after taking possession of the vehicle. In addition, you’re only eligible if you haven’t claimed against any previous domestic charging point schemes unless you are able to evidence keepership of more than one eligible EV. If you’re leasing or driving a company assigned car, you must be doing so as the primary user for at least six months.
Is my Installation a Standard or Non-Standard Installation?
To get started, Sussex Car Charge will provide you with a Pre Site Form in order to gain the basic information of your proposed EV works. This will involve filling out various parts and taking a few pictures. Once returned and processed by one of our Team, we can then either provide you with a quote or recommend that a Site Survey will be required.
Is there a limit to the number of Domestic Charge Points I can have?
Yes, You can only apply for one charging point per car, with a maximum of two charging points per household.
DID You know the WCS Scheme has changed??
We can now offer 75% or up to £350 off – per socket up to 40 sockets. This can be worth £20,000 off the supply and installation of workplace chargers.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.
All vehicles that have been approved as ultra-low emission vehicles by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles are eligible for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.
This includes vehicles which may no longer be eligible for the plug-in car grant, either because they exceed the category 2 or 3 price cap or they are no longer on sale in the UK.
The key features of the new scheme are as follows:
The grant is set as a 75% contribution to the cost of one chargepoint and its installation and the grant cap is set at £500 (including VAT) per eligible vehicle.
Customers must provide evidence of keepership, lease, be named as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle or have a vehicle on order in order to be able to qualify for the grant.
Eligibility for the grant includes:
- individuals who become registered keepers of new and second hand eligible electric vehicles from 1 April 2015 onwards
- individuals who are assigned an eligible company vehicle for at least 6 months from 1 April 2015 onwards, beginning no more than four months prior to the date of installation, from 1 April 2015 onwards
- individuals who lease an eligible electric vehicle for at least 6 months from 1 April 2015 onwards
- individuals who use an eligible commercial fleet vehicle and are named as the primary user for at least 6 months, beginning no more than four months prior to the date of installation, from 1 April 2015 onwards
- individuals who order an electric vehicle and are in receipt of the vehicle from 1 April 2015 onwards
The date of installation must not be more than 4 months ahead of the date of delivery or date the customer becomes the registered keeper/nominated user/lessee of the electric vehicle. OLEV will closely monitor this time period which may be further amended.
For nominated users, the date of installation must not be more than four months after the start date of the period of ownership. OLEV will closely monitor this time period which may be further amended.
Individuals are not eligible for the grant if:
- they are the registered keeper of an electric vehicle which is not eligible for the Plug in Car or Van Grant
- they sometimes use a company electric vehicle but are not named as the primary user
- they lease or hire an electric vehicle for less than 6 months
- they borrow an electric vehicle from friends/family
- they only have access to an electric vehicle through a car club
- the property is outside the UK.
We will not grant exceptions for customers that do not meet the 1 April 2015 eligibility criteria set out above. This is because the intention of this scheme is to encourage further uptake of electric vehicles.
The government reserves the right to terminate or change the grant at any time but will aim to provide up to 4 weeks’ notice. The government will honour grant claims made during this notice period following the announcement of the end of the scheme.
The grant must only be claimed by installers which have been authorised by OLEV and have approval from a chargepoint manufacturer to install their accredited equipment.
The grant is for 75% of the cost of the installation up to a maximum of £500. Costs to installers must not be inflated or cross-subsidised across more than one installation to claim the full amount. If evidence of this is found it may result in authorisation being revoked.
If your installation does not comply with the manufacturer’s ‘Standard Installation’ criteria, don’t worry – there may be some additional costs, but only ever if absolutely necessary due to electrical requirements and regulations or location.
Sussex Car Charge are OLEV authorised installers
We adhere to the IET code of practice, NIC EIC and British Standards Regulations (B.S 7671) to ensure any installation complies with all the current EV charge point install regulations.
After completion we present a (DEIC) Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate after each installation is tested successfully.
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