EV Chargepoint Grant for flat owner-occupiers and people living in rented properties (formerly Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme)

Information about the scheme, its eligibility and how to apply for funding.

22 April 2022 - Summary and Eligibility tab have been updated

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Summary

This tab was updated on the 22 April 2022.

The EV Chargepoint Grant for flat owner-occupiers and people living in rented properties is open to Electric Vehicle drivers who live in a flat or rent a property.

The grant will cover up to 75% of the total costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints (inclusive of VAT) and enabling infrastructure for future chargepoints.

This grant is a continuation of the current Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme but with a reduced scope of who can apply.

Eligibility

This tab was updated on the 22 April 2022.

A person will qualify if they have a qualifying vehicle and property.

Vehicle requirements

To be eligible for the grant, the vehicle must be listed on the EVHS eligible vehicles list at the time of installation.

The following people are eligible to access the grant:

  • individuals who become registered keepers of a new or second-hand eligible electric vehicle – note that the registered keeper is not necessarily the owner of a vehicle, but the person responsible for the car that pays for road tax and MOT

  • individuals who are assigned a company car

  • individuals who lease an eligible vehicle

  • individuals who are named, by their employer, as the primary user of an eligible electric vehicle

  • individuals who have ordered an eligible electric vehicle

Property requirements

The following criteria apply:

  • The property is either:

    • a flat (a single unit property in a multiunit building). The people living in it may be the leaseholder or freeholder of the flat or rent it; or

    • a single unit property that is rented in its entirety. This is where the applicant’s tenancy is defined by a rental agreement. Mortgaged properties are not eligible

  • This grant is for domestic properties only

  • The grant is only for retrofit (existing) properties; it cannot be used for new-builds.

  • The applicant must be resident at the property

  • Any necessary third-party permissions (such as from a landlord or freeholder or managing agent of a block of flats) must be obtained before an installation occurs

  • The property must be located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland (applicants in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are not eligible)

Dedicated off-street parking

The property must have designated, private off-street parking. This may be co-located with the property or separate from it. Where the parking is separate, the person applying must be able to demonstrate that they have a legal entitlement to the parking space.

The parking must be suitable for a chargepoint installation (a survey before installation must be conducted by the installer). The parking must be able to permit an eligible vehicle to be charged safely. The customer must be able to access the parking space at all times.

OZEV approved installers must be used for the work, Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme: authorised installers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

OZEV approved equipment must be used for the work, Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme approved chargepoint model list - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Objectives

The aim of the scheme is to help the transition to electric vehicles through accelerating the provision of chargepoints in rental and leasehold properties. This stimulus will continue to ensure that EV drivers in such accommodation can continue to get the additional support they may need to be able to charge at home.

Dates

The scheme commenced in September of 2014

Funding is confirmed until at least 31 March 2024

How to apply

Overview of current process

A customer needs to ask an EVHS-approved installer to apply for the grant on their behalf. Customers cannot apply directly for an EVHS grant. Installers are required to process claims as this ensures that the requirements of the scheme are fulfilled and minimises the risk of incorrectly completed claim forms.

The installer will need to verify that the customer meets the requirements and that the property is also suitable. In some instances, customers will need to contact their Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to upgrade their property’s electricity supply before work can commence. Installers will inform the customer if this is the case.

Once work is completed the installer will offset the grant amount against the cost of the installation and apply for a grant rebate from OZEV. The customer will be invoiced for the cost of the installation less the grant amount the installer intends to claim.

The customer is expected to help the installer complete the grant application form by verifying the information provided is correct and providing any necessary documentation or information that the installer requires.

This process may change in the future.

Before applying

Before applying, we strongly advise applicants to check they:

  • meet site eligibility requirements and have undertaken a site survey

  • are intending to install authorised chargepoints with an OZEV-approved installer

  • agree with the scheme terms and conditions

Supporting information

Grant Total Award Amount

Please be aware that the grant scheme size of £50,000,000 is shared between the following schemes:

  • Chargepoint Grant for people renting and living in flats (formerly Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme)

  • Workplace Charging Scheme

  • EV chargepoint grant for landlords

Guidance for applicants is provided here: Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme: guidance for customers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Evidence required for a grant application

Installers will be asked to provide:

  • details about the chargepoints installed 

  • details about the amount charged

  • details about the applicant and their status if renting

  • details about the address 

  • details about the eligible vehicle

Before applying

Applicants are encouraged to:

  • discuss their needs with one or more authorised EVHS installers  

  • identify which of the models listed on the Electric Vehicle Homecharging Scheme approved chargepoint list they wish to install

  • undergo a site survey with an authorised installer to ensure the electrical capacity of the site can support the number of sockets for which you are applying

Audits

As part of the grant applicants must agree to participate in audit activity if they are selected. 

OZEV will involve a third-party organisation to audit claims and determine compliance with the scheme’s rules, which will require access to records held by the applicant and chargepoint installer.

Occasionally, there may be an on-site visit that will require access to the chargepoint itself.