OZEV Grants & Schemes for Electric Cars and Vehicles

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EV Charger Grant

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)  was set up by the UK government to support the transition to electric vehicles, ahead of the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in 2030.

As part of this initiative, OZEV is offering grant schemes to incentivise people to buy plug-in electric vehicles and build EV charging infrastructure both at their home and/or at their workplace.

There are several types of schemes on offer for various types of vehicles and property owners. 

In this guide, we take a look at the main grants available, what OZEV grants are, and who is eligible to claim them.

Electric Vehicle Charge Point Grants

As of April 1 2022 there are several Electric Vehicle (EV) charge point grants on offer. These include the Electric Vehicle charge point grant for landlords, the electric vehicle charge point grant for those who own a flat or are renting, and the workplace charging scheme.  

The Electric Vehicle Chargepoint grant for landlords

The EV chargepoint grant is one of two government-funded grants currently available for landlords. It gives landlords a discount on installing an EV chargepoint socket at properties they own. 

 

  • Landlords are eligible for either 75% or up to £350 off the cost of an EV charge point, depending on which amount is lower.
  • They can get up to 200 grants for residential properties and 100 grants for commercial properties every financial year.

 

The other grant on offer is the EV infrastructure grant. This gives landlords funding for more general building work needed to install EV charge points, such as wiring or posts. 

 

  • Government-funded discounts on EV infrastructure: Up to £30,000 or 75% off the cost of works is up for grabs, depending on how many EV parking spaces you’re building.
  • Multiple grants available: Landlords can get up to 30 EV infrastructure grants each year, but they must be used on different properties.

Eligibility

The EV chargepoint grant for landlords is available for individual landlords as well as companies, organisations and UK registered charities who own and manage properties and their parking spaces. 

 

Landlords who live in the property; are only renting out their property as a holiday home (short lets) or don’t own the parking spaces are not eligible to apply.

EV Chargepoint Grant if you own a flat or are renting

People who own or rent or are living in a rental accommodation may also be eligible for an Electric Vehicle chargepoint grant.

The government is offering up to £350 or 75% off the cost of installing an EV chargepoint socket at your property – whichever is the lower amount. 

 

Eligibility

To be eligible you must own an OZEV approved electric vehicle, and either own and live in a flat (not a house) or rent any residential property. The property must also have off-street parking. 

 

It is for first time claimants only – you mustn’t have already had the EVHS grant nor have already owned a chargepoint. It is also only open to homeowners of flats, as this is not available for those who own a house.

How to claim

Claims for the electric vehicle chargepoint grant for flats and renters are made by the chargepoint installers on your behalf. 

 

To make a claim ensure your car and chargepoint are both OZEV approved, and get in touch with an OZEV authorised charger installer for a quote. Once you’re happy and accept the quote, ask your installer to make a claim and they will start the claim on your behalf. You will receive an email from the government notifying that this claim has begun, which will include a link to the online form.

Quick Note

Pro EV are OZEV authorised installers and all charge points listed on the website are OZEV approved.

 

If you have any questions about the process or EV chargers in general, please get in touch as our friendly team is always happy to chat.

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Workplace Charging Scheme

If you run a business and want to enable your staff to charge their electric cars at work, then the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) may be for you.

 

The WCS grant offers businesses, charities and public sector organisations up to 75% of the cost of installing EV charge points. The available grant is capped at a maximum of £350 per socket, and will fund up to 40 sockets across one site.

 

This is a voucher-based scheme, meaning successful applicants will be issued a voucher which can be used at OZEV authorised commercial chargepoint installers, such as Pro EV. The voucher must be used within 6 months.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this grant, you must fulfill all the following criteria:

 

  • A registered business, charity or public authority
  • If not a public authority, you must have received less than €200,000 of public support or less than 325,000 special drawing rights (SDR) in the last 3 financial years (including the current financial year). 
  • Be located in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • Have dedicated off-street parking for staff to use
  • Own the property or receive permission from the landlord to install charging points
  • Declare a need for EV charging equipment – you don’t need to currently own an electric vehicle but you must show that you have a need for it in the future.

How to claim the Workplace Charging Scheme

If you meet the criteria for this scheme, you can apply using the Workplace Charging Scheme online application form on the government website. Once successful, you will receive a voucher that can be used at any OZEV authorised charger installer, such as Pro EV.

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Workplace Charging Scheme for Charities and Small accommodation businesses

OZEV is also offering a WCS grant aimed specifically at charities and small accommodation businesses

 

This scheme is very similar to the WCS for general businesses above, however it enables small hotels and holiday lets to offer their customers and general members of the public access to EV chargers, as well as their own staff. Whereas the more general Workplace Charging Scheme is for EV chargers to be used by staff only. 

 

 

Small accommodation businesses must have 249 or fewer employees. The grant covers businesses such as:

 

  • Hotels
  • Holiday
  • Short-stay accommodation
  • Caravan parks
  • Camp sites
  • Trailer parks

The WCS grant offers charities and small accommodation businesses up to 75% off the cost of installing EV charge points. The available grant is capped at a maximum of £350 per socket, and will fund up to 40 sockets across all sites.

 

Again, this a voucher-based scheme, meaning successful applicants will be issued a voucher which can be used at OZEV authorised commercial chargepoint installers. The voucher must be used within 6 months.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the WCS grant for charities or small accomodation businesses you must either: 

  • A registered charity
  • An accommodation business with 249 employees or fewer

Other criteria is the same as the general WCS grant: 

  • Have received less than €200,000 of public support or less than 325,000 special drawing rights (SDR) in the last 3 financial years (including the current financial year). 
  • Be located in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • Have dedicated off-street parking near the business, where the chargers will be installed
  • Own the property or receive permission from the landlord to install charging points

When do OZEV grants end?

The government has not announced an end date for the OVEZ grants currently on offer, including the plug-in vehicle, workplace charging and landlord chargepoint grants. 

 

The last PVIG scheme that covered electric cars came to an end on June 14th 2022, so people can no longer apply for this grant.

Previous Government Grants for Electric Cars

OZEV Electric Vehicle Homeowner Grant (EVHS)

One of the main grants on offer to the general public was the OZEV Electric Vehicle Homeowner Grant (EVHS).

 

This allowed domestic homeowners to claim £350 off the price of installing an EV charger on their property. With the cost of a home EV charger starting from around £1000, this was a significant discount for potential EV owners.

 

The OZEV grant for homeowners ended on 31st March 2022 and is no longer accepting applications. The UK government felt that sales of electric cars and other electric vehicles were accelerating enough to stop offering the grant.

OZEV Plug-In Vehicle Grant (PVIG)

The OZEV plug-in vehicle grant (PVIG) was another government-funded scheme for people buying EVs.

 

A £1500 contribution toward a new electric car costing £32000 was being offered by the UK government. But as with the homeowner chargepoint grant, this was scrapped on the 14th June 2022.

 

The Transport Minister at the time, Trudy Harrison, said the government had “kick-started” the EV market, and would now be moving on to funding schemes for other EV types such as vans and taxis.

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