What is changing?
From April 2022, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicle’s (OZEV) Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) will be changing. The change comes as part of an effort to provide support for people in flats and rented accommodation that previously did not qualify.
The main changes to the EVHS in 2022 will be on who is eligible for the grant scheme. The focus will shift towards those living in densely populated areas that may not have qualified for the grant scheme previously.
What is the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme?
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) commonly referred to as OZEV funding, is a Government grant scheme which allows qualifying applicants to claim funding towards the installation of Electrical Vehicle (EV) chargers.
Currently the scheme offers a voucher of up to £350 towards the installation of an Electric Vehicle charger unit at a qualifying property (up to a maximum of 75% of the cost of the EV charger itself). The main requirement of this grant scheme is that the applicant owns, leases or has ordered a qualifying Electric Vehicle and has dedicated off-street parking available at their property with a limit of up to 2 funded EV chargers per property.
Read more about the current EVHS
How will the scheme change in 2022?
The scheme will no longer be open to homeowners (including people with mortgages) who live in single-unit properties such as bungalows and detached, semi-detached or terraced housing. Installations for single-unit properties must be completed by 31st March 2022 and a claim submitted to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) by 30th April 2022.
After March 31st 2022 focus will shift aim towards building owners, landlords and social housing providers as well as owners of apartment blocks with a few exceptions for homeowners in flats & those in rental accommodation.
There will be a few exceptions for those living in flats or rented single-unit properties where a qualifying vehicle is owned, leased or on order.
If you are a qualifying homeowner and own, lease or have an Electric Vehicle on order we would strongly recommend that you apply for the EVHS right now if an EV charger is not already present at your property.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for the current grant scheme, please feel free to call us for advice on 0800 612 5050.
If you live in rented accommodation we can apply for the grant on your behalf, providing you have dedicated off-street parking and your landlord supplies written permission.
Electric Vehicles can offer significant savings over their Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) counterparts through lower fuel and maintenance costs. An EV charger being present at your property may provide you with a more realistic opportunity to make the switch to EV!