Are you thinking of buying an electric vehicle (EV) or a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) and wondering how to charge it at home? If so, you might be interested in the OZEV grant, a government scheme that can help you save money on installing a home charging point. In this blog post, we will explain what the OZEV grant is, how it works, who is eligible, and how to apply for it.
What is the OZEV grant?
The OZEV grant, also known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), is a grant provided by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), a team working across the government to support the transition to zero emission vehicles. The OZEV grant provides up to £350 off the cost of purchasing and installing a home charging point for eligible EVs and PHEVs. The grant aims to encourage more people to switch to greener modes of transport and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution on our roads.
How does the OZEV grant work?
The OZEV grant works as a voucher-based scheme. This means that you need to apply for a voucher before you buy and install your home charging point. You can apply for a voucher using the online application form3. You will need to provide some details about yourself, your vehicle, and your chosen installer. You will also need to upload some supporting documents, such as proof of ownership or lease of your vehicle, proof of address, and proof of eligibility for the grant. Once your application is approved, you will receive a voucher code by email. You will then need to give this code to your installer, who will claim the grant on your behalf after they have completed the installation. The grant will be deducted from the total cost of the installation, so you only need to pay the remaining balance.
Who is eligible for the OZEV grant?
To be eligible for the OZEV grant, you need to meet the following criteria:
- You must own or lease an eligible EV or PHEV that was purchased after 1 October 2016. You can check if your vehicle is eligible on the OZEV-authorised electric vehicles list.
- You must have off-street parking at your property, such as a driveway or a garage.
- You must use an OZEV-authorised chargepoint model from an OZEV-authorised installer. You can find an authorised installer near you on the find an electric vehicle chargepoint installer page5. You can also check the residential authorised chargepoint model list and the commercial authorised chargepoint model list for more information.
- You must not have claimed the grant more than twice per household.
How to apply for the OZEV grant?
If you meet the eligibility criteria and want to apply for the OZEV grant, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Choose an authorised chargepoint model and an authorised installer. You can compare different models and installers online or ask for recommendations from friends or family who have already installed a home charging point.
- Apply for a voucher using the online application form. Make sure you have all the required information and documents ready before you start. You will receive an email confirmation once your application is submitted.
- Wait for your voucher approval. This may take up to 10 working days. You will receive another email with your voucher code once your application is approved.
- Arrange the installation with your chosen installer. You will need to give them your voucher code and agree on a date and time for the installation. The installation must be completed within 180 days from the date of issue of the voucher.
- Pay the remaining balance after the installation. The installer will claim the grant on your behalf and deduct it from the total cost of the installation. You will receive a receipt with a breakdown of the costs and the grant amount.
What are the benefits of installing a home charging point?
Installing a home charging point can offer you many benefits, such as:
- Convenience: You can charge your EV or PHEV at home whenever you want, without having to worry about finding a public charging station or paying extra fees.
- Cost savings: You can save money on fuel costs by using cheaper electricity tariffs at night or during off-peak hours. You can also save money on maintenance costs, as EVs and PHEVs have fewer moving parts and require less servicing than conventional vehicles.
- Environmental benefits: You can reduce your carbon footprint and help improve air quality by using renewable energy sources to power your EV or PHEV. You can also enjoy a quieter and smoother driving experience with less noise and vibration.
The OZEV grant is a great opportunity for EV and PHEV owners or leasers who want to install a home charging point at their property. The grant can help you save up to £350 on the cost of purchasing and installing an authorised chargepoint model from an authorised installer. To apply for the grant, you need to meet the eligibility criteria and follow the online application process. You will receive a voucher code by email once your application is approved, which you will need to give to your installer. The installer will claim the grant on your behalf and deduct it from the total cost of the installation. Installing a home charging point can offer you many benefits, such as convenience, cost savings, and environmental benefits. If you are interested in the OZEV grant, don’t miss this chance and apply today!
If you are interested in installing an EV Charger at your home or business, contact us today on 01268 928 690 or via the ‘Enquire Now‘ button below. We are an authorised installer of myenergi products and we can help you with every step of the process, from a free no-obligation consultation to installation to aftercare.
Frequently Asked Questions about the OZEV Grant
For UK domestic properties, the EV chargepoint grant provides funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties.
If you’re a flat owner or a tenant, you can claim for the chargepoint grant which provides £350 or up to 75% off the purchase and installation of a socket (whichever is the lower amount).
As a Landlord and property owner, you can apply for both the electric vehicle chargepoint grant and the electric vehicle infrastructure grant.
The chargepoint grant provides £350 or up to 75% off the purchase and installation of a socket (whichever is the lower amount). Each landlord can apply for up to 200 grants for residential properties each financial year. There is a limit of 100 grants for commercial properties. The installations can be allocated to one property or across multiple properties.
The infrastructure grant provides up to £30,000 or 75% of the cost of installing multiple chargepoints and the related building work. The exact amount will depend on the number of parking spaces included in the work. Each infrastructure grant must apply to a different property. The grant can include wiring and infrastructure to allow for future additional chargepoint installations. In each financial year, a maximum of 30 infrastructure grants may be submitted per business.
Yes and no, to be eligible for this OZEV grant, you will need to own or have an EV on order from the list of Vehicles eligible for OZEV residential chargepoint grants. You will also be eligible if you have used an electric work vehicle for at least 6 months or if you have leased an EV for at least 6 months.
The OZEV EV infrastructure and chargepoint grants have an official closing date of 31st March 2024 at 11.59pm. However, OZEV reserve the right to change the eligibility rules with 4 weeks’ notice. This won’t affect vouchers already issued. The next scheduled review of the OZEV Grant provision is set for March 2023. As the Government scales back its spending plans, the scheme could be at risk of cancellation. We recommend submitting your OZEV application and checking your eligibility now because a delay could mean your business misses out on this scheme.
OZEV have designed the grant application process to be as straightforward as possible. However, there are a lot of factors to consider, and a trusted professional partner will do a pre-eligibility check & help ensure your grant application is approved. Partnering with an approved OZEV Chargepoint installer is also essential for grant eligibility.
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