Good news! If you’re a UK resident looking to get a charging station for your electric car at home, you could be eligible for a big discount! Yep, that’s right. It’s a government grant that allows you to purchase a charging point for a considerably lower price. Here’s how it works and how to apply.
First things first. The government grant originates from an OLEV policy. OLEV stands for Office for Low Emission Vehicles. OLEV’s core purpose is to support the early market for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs). “We are absolutely determined to reduce carbon emissions from transport as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle climate change,” says Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. The UK is committed to improving air quality and reducing pollution in towns and cities. That’s why the government pledged a £290m sum to boost the industry of low emission vehicles. £80m of this amount is claimed for improving charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. To get more and more people behind the electric wheel, a good network of reliable charging points is key. That’s why the UK government will now make a 75% contribution to every purchase, which could equate up to 500 pounds (incl. VAT) per household/eligible vehicle.
Who can apply?
The grant is for all customers residing in the UK, holding evidence of ownership, lease, or those who are the primary user of an eligible EV. Make sure to check if your car makes the cut as this will depend on cost and emission levels. You will also be required to confirm you have off-street parking facilities suitable for charging station installation.
You can apply for the grant if you have bought a new or second-hand EV and within four months prior to, or after taking possession of the vehicle. In addition, you’re only eligible if you haven’t claimed against any previous domestic charging point schemes unless you are able to evidence keepership of more than one eligible EV. If you’re leasing or driving a company assigned car, you must be doing so as the primary user for at least six months.
How can you apply?
Technically speaking, you can’t. Your installer applies for the funding on your behalf. However, the installer must firstly be approved by the charging station manufacturer and accredited by OLEV to install that specific charging station.
EV-Box UK is an approved manufacturer of OLEV EVHS charge points and works with a series of trained and approved installers who will be able to assist and guide you through this process. OLEV also released a full list of OLEV approved installers.
Is there a limit on the number of charging points I can buy?
Yes, there is. You can only apply for one charging point per car, with a maximum of two charging points per household.
How much will it cost me to have a charging station installed under this scheme?
The cost of the installation will depend on a number of factors, such as accessibility and existing power supply availability. EV-Box will always recommend a discussion with an approved installer and potentially a site survey in some cases to be able to provide any real form of price for installation to ensure we don’t provide any false expectations. The scheme provides a 75% discount per purchase, capped at £500 (incl. VAT).
Learn more about the OLEV government grant in this document. Also, our EV-Box team in the UK knows everything about this topic. Don't hesitate get in touch with us if you want to receive personal advice.
Kevin Pugh & Martyn Crabb
Team EV-Box UK & Ireland
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Manchester, M3 3EB
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