What changes are being made to the OZEV grant scheme?

The OZEV (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) grant was initiated by the government in 2011 with a view to encouraging people to buy electric vehicles and thereby bring CO2 emissions down. Since the grant was initiated, the amount homeowners can claim has been reduced several times and is now going to be scrapped completely, at least for single unit homeowners.

Home Charging Scheme 


Until 31 March 2022 all registered owners of EVs who also own their own homes and have off-street parking can claim up to £350 towards the cost of having a charger installed. From 1st April, however, those who own single unit properties such as detached or semi-detached homes, terraced properties or bungalows will no longer be able to claim the EVHS grant for a home installation.

EVHS installations under the existing scheme must be completed by 31st March of this year and claims must be submitted before 30th April. Any applications made after 31st March will not be eligible. The new funding will target rental and leasehold accommodation so a new set of criteria will be coming into effect enabling landlords, and social housing providers to claim the grant.

The changes mean that landlords and building contractors for social housing will be eligible to claim funding of up to £350 towards a chargepoint socket. Double-socketed units qualify twice as they can charge two vehicles at a time. There will be no limit to the number of sockets on any one property, but they must be installed in private parking spaces. To be eligible landlords must be registered as a business or public authority.

Owners of flats or apartment blocks will be limited to thirty applications per year but will be eligible to claim up to £30,000 per building. Up to £500 per bay can be claimed if they are wired ready for installation and up to £850 per bay for a full installation. These properties, however, must have private parking and a minimum of five dedicated charging bays with at least one chargepoint installed. Small to medium businesses, providing that they too have at least five dedicated EV charging bays will be eligible to claim up to £15,000 per building.

Workplace Charging Scheme


There are also a few small changes being made to the Workbased Charging Scheme (WCS).  Registered charities and businesses such as B&Bs and campsites will be able to claim this grant. Commercially let property owners will be eligible for up to £350 per socket up to a maximum of one hundred sockets per year, but parking must be reserved for their own existing fleet or staff or for future tenants. Small to medium businesses will be eligible for up to £15,000 per building if they too have at least 5 EV dedicated private parking bays. Again, the grant is up to £500 for a chargepoint-ready bay or up to £850 for a full installation.

The reason for the changes is that the government are trying to shift the funding to target the more densely populated urban areas and to focus on those unable to have a home charger installed. The aim is to continue to improve Britain’s charging infrastructure by providing affordable installations in areas where funding has not previously been available.

So, if you have an electric vehicle and you are a homeowner considering a chargepoint installation, then you need to act fast if you would like to apply for the EVHS grant.

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