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Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme Explained

By 2030, it’s estimated that some 6.5 million households will have purchased an Electric Vehicle, with a new law coming into force in 2030 that will prohibit the sale of new diesel and petrol cars. Consequently, the Electric Vehicle sector is booming. Every day, 100s of Electric Vehicle (EV) home car chargers are installed across the United Kingdom.

The UK government introduced the EHVS, which provides grants of up to 75% of the cost of installing EV charge points at Residential properties across the UK. The scheme could save you several thousand pounds on an EV charger installation, with most of the work being taken care of by an EHVS approved installer like ourselves.

Not every home car charger is approved for the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS). From the 1st July 2019 the government scheme will only fund smart car charging points. At Greenpoint Services, our Wallbox: Plug & Drive product is an approved smart car charger that can easily be installed into any residential home.

One of the most attractive features of an EV home charger is the convenience it gives Electric Vehicle owners. Rather than trying to find an on-street car charger, EV home charger owners can simply plug in at home, in a garage or private parking space, and be confident that their EV will be fully charged and ready to use when they need it. The EHVS scheme aims to make the installation of these home car chargers as easy and affordable as possible.

There are many benefits available to Residential customers through the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), including a potential cost savings of £1000’s of pounds through the home charger grant. If you’re a Residential customer looking to take advantage of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, we’ve broken down the application process and eligibility requirements below to help you understand how to get started.

How do you apply for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme?

The application process is straightforward and consists of the following steps:

1. Check that you meet the Vehicle & Property requirements set out below

2. Find an EVHS-approved installer, such as ourselves, to apply for the grant on your behalf. You cannot apply directly for an EVHS grant.

3. Your chosen EVHS installer will apply for the grant on your behalf, after verifying that you meet the vehicle & property requirements.

4. Your chosen installer will inform you if you need to contact your distribution network operator (DNO) to upgrade your property’s electricity supply.

5. Once the installation is completed, the EV charger installer will offset the grant amount against the cost of the installation and apply for a rebate from OZEV.

6. You will be invoiced for the cost of the installation minus the grant amount the installation company intends to claim.

More in-depth details on the process can be found on the site here.

What electric vehicle home charger grant schemes am I eligible for as a Residential customer?

In order to qualify for the grant, you will need to meet the criteria set out by the scheme:

Vehicle Requirements

  • A full list of the vehicles that are eligible for the grant can be found here

  • Individuals who become registered keepers of a new or second-hand eligible electric vehicle

  • Individuals who are assigned a company car for at least 6 months

  • Individuals who lease an eligible vehicle for at least 6 months

  • Individuals who lease an eligible electric vehicle through a salary sacrifice scheme

  • Individuals who are named, by their employer, as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle for at least 6 months

  • Individuals who have ordered an eligible electric vehicle

Property Requirements

  • Property must be a domestic property

  • Must be a retrofit to an existing property

  • Customer must be a resident at the property (checked via vehicle registration)

  • Customer is responsible for obtaining third-party permissions (freeholder or managing agent)

  • Property must have dedicated private off-street parking that the customer has ownership of or legal right to it (if you do not have off-street parking there is a separate scheme for on-street residential parking)

Get Started

In order to get started with Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, you’ll need to check whether your vehicle and property meet the criteria set out above.

If you’re unsure how to get started or simply want some advice, book a free survey or request a call back and one of our friendly experts will be in touch.

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