OLEV Grants for EV Charger Installations
Domestic Grants relating to electric vehicles are provided by The Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in England and Wales and The Energy Saving trust (EST) in Scotland. These institutions were set up by the respective governments to help increase the number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads.
There are two main types of grant available
The Plug-in eVehicle grant
Helping offset the price of new electric vehicles
Electric Vehicle Charging Scheme grant
Applies to the cost of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
The plug-in eVehicle grant
The first of these is offered in order to offset the price of new electric vehicles and is the same across the UK. Many new electric vehicles cost more than their petrol or diesel counterparts and so this grant is aimed at making alternative fuelled cars more accessible. It can be applied to cars, vans or motorcycles.
However, the vehicle must cost less than £50,000, have emissions of less than 50g/km and a range of more than 70 miles. The maximum grant for cars is a very generous £3,000. Even better, you do not need to do anything in order to receive this grant. The dealer or manufacturer will factor the grant amount into the price of the vehicle at point of purchase.
EV charging scheme grant
The second grant available applies to the cost of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. For further information about these grants, visit our regional summaries for England & Wales and Scotland.
You may fear that the process requires a lot of admin and documentation, but this is not the case. Often, the leg work will be completed by a professional and most grant claims take a matter of days. We promise, it really is as easy as it sounds!
Where do I start?
OLEV and EST have two separate lists of approved installers depending on whether they are accredited on the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) or the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). The only difference is whether the install is at home or commercial premises and these lists can be readily accessed through the OLEV or EST websites. As an individual, you should look for an installer who is EVHS accredited.
How do I access the grant?
If you think you are eligible and you intend to install a domestic EV charge point, you can start your application by visiting the OLEV or EST websites. Grants are offered on a first come, first served basis and the funding is not unlimited. Moreover, grant funding should be applied for before installation is started and only applies to domestic installations. The application process has changed slightly to allow for further documentation to be provided and for you to easily upload this onto the portal. You will have to provide proof of ownership, lease or future ownership/lease of a vehicle accredited by OLEV. Access is also possible for company car users, but additional documentation may be required from your employer. Most applications take around 8 days to process.
What does your installer need to do?
Accredited companies on either list must conform to clear, standardised processes set out by the grant provider in order to gain access to grant funding. These include stringent installation specifications, provision of detailed quote and invoice, regular performance monitoring and provision of sub-contractor information. You may find that your installer is insistent on a very prescriptive approach, but we assure you that this is in your best interests to prevent any disputes over grant funding. If your installer is accredited then they will have access to extensive information and have a direct line of contact with OLEV or EST, so they should know what needs to be done.
What happens if I am successful?
The grant is paid by reimbursement after the installation is complete and necessary paperwork has been submitted to OLEV or EST. All offers must be claimed within 3 months or they will be withdrawn and reallocated. Extensions may be given for delays, but the provider must be made aware of potential delays as soon as possible.