Electric Vehicle Charging Grants

With the government (hopefully) committed to the UK achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, we are all being encouraged to do what we can to protect (or repair) the environment. Not that we should need encouraging!

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Full speed ahead – to zero!

 

With the government (hopefully) committed to the UK achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, we are all being encouraged to do what we can to protect (or repair) the environment. Not that we should need encouraging!

 

However, there is widespread acknowledgement that the ecological big-hitters need to be tackled now, if the climate crisis isn’t to turn into a climate catastrophe. The environmental bad guys? Domestic energy supply, and road transport – specifically, our cars.

 

Electric vehicles are becoming more affordable, and help is at hand. The government’s Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) is running a help-to-buy scheme on a range of makes and models (a full list is available here), contributing up to 35% (up to a maximum of £2,500) of the on-the-road cost of a new electric vehicle.

 

The financial incentives don’t stop there. OZEV is also chipping in generously towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at both domestic and commercial premises.

 

Homeowners in typical freehold properties – single-unit properties such as bungalows, detached, semi-detached, or terraced housing – have until the end of March 2022 to take advantage of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) to install a subsidised domestic chargepoint, after which they will no longer be eligible for the grant.

 

But the EVHS will still be available to leaseholders and renters – and, indeed, landlords.

 

Under the terms of the scheme, occupants in either a flat (rented or leasehold) or rental accommodation will receive up to £350 towards the cost of installing a chargepoint. Applicants must have a qualifying electric vehicle (a list of qualifying vehicles can be found by clicking here), and their property must have dedicated off-street parking.

 

Non-resident building owners (landlords, social-housing providers, etc) can also apply for an EVHS grant.

 

Up to £350 will be available per socket towards the cost of a chargepoint installation, with a limit of 200 applications per annum per applicant.

 

The property must have associated private parking. There is no limit as to how many chargepoint sockets can be installed in each property, within the overall number of grants available.

 

The idea is to encourage people in flats and other rented accommodation – where charging provision is currently more limited and potentially more challenging to secure – to make the switch to electric vehicles.

 

Meanwhile there is also help for small businesses looking to encourage their employees to go electric: OZEV’s Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).

 

Up to £350 is available per socket towards the cost of a chargepoint, with a maximum of 40 grants available. The chargepoints must be located in a private parking area, reserved for staff or fleet use.

 

Furthermore, OZEV is to launch a new digital platform for the allocation of chargepoint grants, available soon. This will enable the department to provide additional help for owners of apartment blocks to provision the buildings’ associated parking with chargepoints – a support package worth up to £30,000. The new platform will benefit SMEs too, awarding up to an extra £15,000 per annum to qualifying businesses.

 

The new platform will also allow owners of commercially let properties to apply for a WCS grant to install chargepoints for staff or fleet use, for current or future business tenants. The scheme will also be rolled out to include small accommodation businesses (such as B&Bs and campsites), and charities.

 

In all these scenarios there are certain criteria that have to be met before funding is available. As you’d expect, the more complex and wide-ranging the requirement, the more hurdles there are.

 

But we bring good news! At Excel Electrical, we’ve read the small print so you don’t have to. If you think you or your organisation might qualify for any of these subsidies, just contact us and outline your situation. We’ll not only tell you what grant, or grants, are available to you, but we can discuss the logistics of your installation programme: how long it will take, and how we’ll work with you to keep any disruption to a minimum.

 

Unlike the EVHS for freehold homeowners, the scheme for leaseholders, tenants and landlords is not currently subject to any time limit, nor is the WCS. We would nonetheless advise you to act on these offers sooner rather than later. There are all sorts of calls on government funding, particularly post-pandemic, and priorities do change.

 

So call us now. We look forward to helping you ‘put it in neutral’!

 

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