Government Grants for Electric Cars
Government Grants have been introduced to help customers, businesses, and local authorities purchase electric cars and charging points. The Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), which offers these grants, is a team whose aim is to assist the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles. Their vision for the future is to have leading electric vehicle infrastructures worldwide, providing an affordable, reliable, accessible, and secure network for current and future EV drivers.
The first grant for electric cars was introduced in 2011, encouraging individuals to switch from petrol and diesel cars to hybrid and electric in order to help lower vehicle emissions. Three years later, in September 2014, the Home Charger Grant became available to customers that owned an electric car and OZEV, a month later, provided £78.9 million worth of grants towards 157,000 home charging devices.
The government aims to achieve zero net emissions by 2050 and to cut down emissions by 78% by 2035. Providing these grants to EV owners has helped their target and assisted people in switching to electric cars.
There are four types of grants available:
Plug-in Car Grant
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
Workplace Charging Scheme
On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme
Plug-in Car Grant
The Plug-in Car Grant was introduced in 2011 to support people purchasing an electric vehicle, and it has reduced gradually over the past few years. In 2011 the grant started at £5000, including all partial and fully electric cars. The most recent changes took place in December 2021 where the grant was reduced to £1500 and now only applies to category one vehicles (CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero-emission range of at least 70 miles).
This grant is only accessible through car manufacturers. Once you’ve purchased an eligible vehicle, the car dealership will apply for the grant on your behalf and the price will then have an automatic discount applied to it. A temporary extension was put in place for Plug in Vehicle Grant orders to reach 'completed' status on the grant portal from 9 to 12 months. This ended on February 4th, 2022. The Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) have since decided to extend the grant’s deadline due to ongoing semi-conductor shortage issues and the conflict in Ukraine impacting manufacturing supply chains. OZEV will continue to extend delivery period of 12 months for eligible Plug in Vehicle Grant orders placed on the grant’s portal until further notice. Any previous orders that have reached the 9 month delivery window from February 4th 2022 can progress to payment if fulfilled before May 4th 2022. However, any orders that have exceeded their 12 month delivery period will continue to be cancelled. OZEV are considering the approval of longer delivery periods up to a maximum of 18 months for multi-stage build vehicles and wheelchair accessible vehicle orders on a case by case basis and suitable evidence will need to be provided.
Cars aren’t the only vehicles to which this grant applies to, as it’s also available for electric wheelchair-accessible vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds, large or small vans, taxis, and trucks. Follow the link here to determine if the car you want to buy is eligible.
Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme offers a grant of up to £350 when purchasing a home charger for an electric car. OZEV initially capped it at £900, but the cap has reduced as the home charger price has fallen. The grant will end on the 31st of March 2022 for homeowners (including people with mortgages) who live in single-unit properties such as bungalows, detached, semi-detached, or terrace houses. However, it will remain available for homeowners who live in flats and people in rental accommodation. As the grant comes to an end, make sure to take advantage of our partnership with RightCharge. They will help find and provide a quote for the perfect home charger to match your needs.
To be able to claim, you must have:
A home with off-street parking
Check that your electric car is eligible with the scheme
Must have an approved charger and installer to carry out the work
The EVHS approved installer will claim on your behalf once they have verified that you meet the requirements and the property is suitable. Before the installer makes a claim however, you must complete a customer declaration on the EVHS installation form. The installer will then review the details to check they are correct and proceed with the claim.
You won’t be eligible if:
The car is registered outside of the UK
You sometimes use an EV but are NOT listed as the main driver
Anyone who drives or leases an EV for less than six months
Borrowing an EV from friends or family
Drivers that have access to an electric car through a car club
Drivers who want to claim for a second home charger but don’t have two eligible vehicles
To find out more, follow this link here, Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.
Workplace Charging Scheme Grant
The Workplace Charging Scheme is in place to help support businesses who want to install charge points on their premises. The grant cap is £350 per charge point, and each company can have up to 40 single sockets or 20 double sockets.
The grant is available to any public authority, business, or charity, but they must meet the following requirements:
Must have sufficient off-street parking
If the business does not currently have electric vehicles owned by any staff, they will need to express an existing or future need
Must have the charging stations installed by an OZEV-approved workplace charging station installer
This grant is a voucher-based system. The business will need to complete an online application, and then if successful, the company will receive a voucher code in an email valid for 12 days from the date of issue. They will then need to show it to their chosen OZEV approved installer and once the charging point fittings are complete, the installer will claim it.
Make sure you own the premises, or, if you are renting, you’ll need permission from the landlord to install charging points on their property.
Find out more on the Government website by clicking here.
On-street Residential ChargePoint Scheme
This scheme provides grants for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential electric car chargers. For people who don't have offset parking, this is highly beneficial.
OZEV introduced this scheme to expand the availability of on-street charge points in residential streets with no off-street parking. They want to make sure accessibility of charging points isn’t a barrier and having the on-street EV parking encourages the realisation of the benefits of owning an electric car.
Relevant local authorities throughout the UK can apply for this grant on a first-come, first-served basis. Before the applicant can apply, they need to have fully shown the support from the relevant highways authority responsible for maintaining the highway on the chosen streets for the charging points. The local authority must acquire the highways support in a formal letter or email before proceeding with the application process.
Local authorities can apply for one or more charge points as long as they meet the funding requirements. They may apply for a single charge point or multiple points across several locations. If a project spans numerous local authorities locations, the 'lead' authority will be required to apply for the grant.
Energy Saving Trust deals with the process of allocating funds alongside OZEV.
To find more in-depth guidance, click here.