OZEV grant funding changes explained
From April 2022, OZEV grant funding schemes for both domestic and workplace charging requirements are changing in order to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points in the UK.
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)
The EVHS grant currently supports homeowners with the installation of their smart home charging points. Electric vehicle drivers can save £350 towards the costs of the charging point and the installation if they own, lease or are the primary driver of an eligible EV/PHEV for at least six months. If a household has two electric vehicles, homeowners are eligible for two OZEV grant funded charging units. As it currently stands, homeowners must have their own parking space, whether that be a driveway or a garage.
Changes to the OZEV EVHS grant scheme from April 2022
From 1st April 2022, homeowners of single-unit properties will no longer be eligible for the EVHS grant funding - those who are seeking to install a smart home charging point at their single-unit property must have the installation completed by 31st March 2022 and claims completed by 31st April 2022.
April will see the reformation of the EVHS grant, targeting specific groups to encourage the installation of home charging points for the future of electrified transportation.
These changes include:
- Residents in rental properties and flats will be eligible for £350 grant funding towards the purchase and installation of their charging point. To be eligible for the grant funding, residents must have off-street parking and an eligible EV/PHEV.
- Landlords and housing associations will also be eligible for OZEV grant funding; £350 per socket (units that are equipped with two sockets will be eligible for £700 grant funding per unit). A maximum of 200 grant funding applications can be made per year. Although there are no limits on the number of sockets per property, the charging units must be installed across private parking spaces.
- Apartment block owners will be able to benefit from £30,000 grant funding per building - this will be limited to 30 grant funding applications per year. Grant funding will be capped at £500 per parking bay to wire them for future infrastructure, or £850 per parking bay for a working electric vehicle charging point. Apartment blocks must have 5 electric vehicle charging bays with one installed charging point.
Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)
The WCS grant is currently applicable to businesses requiring electric vehicle charging points for their employees and visitors. Businesses are eligible for up to £14,000 OZEV grant funding with a maximum of 40 sockets per building.
Businesses will remain eligible for the current grant funding, however more groups of businesses will be targeted to benefit from the grant to support the roll-out of the nation’s EV charging infrastructure from April 2022.
Changes to the OZEV WCS grant scheme from April 2022
- Small accommodation businesses (B&Bs, holiday lets (where employees are present etc)) and registered charities will be able to claim the WCS grant (up to £14,000), allowing employees and fleet drivers to recharge their electric vehicles.
- Commercially let property owners will also be eligible for £350 grant funding per socket, however be capped at 100 sockets per year. The parking spaces where the charging points are located must be reserved for future tenants, fleets or employees.
- Small to medium business enterprises (SMEs) will benefit from £15,000 OZEV grant funding per building; they must ensure that at least five of the parking bays are dedicated to electric vehicle charging. Grant funding will be capped at £500 per parking bay to wire them for future infrastructure, or £850 per parking bay for a working electric vehicle charging point. Applicants will be able to claim up to five grants but must have at least one working electric vehicle charging point in place following the first round of funding.
For more information regarding the EVHS, click here
For more information regarding the WCS, click here
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