Electric Car Home Charging OLEV EVHS Grant: An Introduction

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2020 has been an unprecedented year for the UK automotive sector, with significant declines in the sales and market share of tailpipe emission, petrol and diesel vehicles. However, zero-tailpipe emission electric vehicles (EV) has driven the other way i.e. an astounding increase of 168% in the SMMT new car registrations to date (October 2020).

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SMMT New Car Registration October 2020 (credit: SMMT)

With the increased adoption of electric cars in the UK, the deployment of EV charging infrastructure has also gathered momentum, in particular, the deployment of EV home charging stations. This article will assist those of you new to electric driving to learn more about the UK government grants for electric car home charging points.

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Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) is a government incentive framework to encourage the adoption of plug-in electric cars in the UK, to include, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), like the award-winning Jaguar I-PACE and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

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The All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE Available To Lease Via e-zoomed

The EV charging point grant is for a maximum of £350 (including VAT) or up to 75% towards the cost of installation of a home electric car charging station like the EVBox Elvi home charger. This grant is only available for domestic properties. The charge point funding was introduced in 2014. Since then, it has funded up to 60,000 home EV charging points in the UK.

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The grant is available for most plug-in pure electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric cars. However to be eligible for the grant, you will have to demonstrate ownership of an electric vehicle, installed an OLEV approved charge point, have off-street parking and used an OLEV approved charge point installer.

However only vehicles that have been approved as ultra-low emission vehicles by OLEV will be eligible for the grant. The EV should have been bought or leased after 1st October 2016. Moreover, for a leased vehicle, the lease must be at least for a period of 6 months. If your EV is not approved by OLEV or it is registered outside the UK, the grant will not be available.

The grant is available for a maximum of two EV home charging stations at a single residential address.

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EVBox Smart Home EV Charge Point Available Via e-zoomed

The electric car home charging grant is administered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and as of July 2019 only provides funding for ‘smart’ EV residential charging points. The UK government is keen to encourage innovation in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as part of its objectives outlined in the Road to Zero Strategy.

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Electric Car Home Charging Points Available Via e-zoomed

We at e-zoomed supply and install only smart electric car charging stations approved for the OLEV grant. We work with leading UK and European EV charging station manufacturers, to include, market leaders EVBox, Wallbox, PodPoint and Myenergi. For an installation quote simply follow this link.

We encourage consumers to only buy and install ‘smart’ EV charging points. You can take advantage of the OLEV grant and also future proof your purchase! You should also make certain that the installer is also approved by OLEV.

For the EV home charger to be approved for the OLEV grant, the EV charge point must meet a minimum standard. This guidance is for the charge point manufacturer to follow.

We expect a significant increase in installations of home EV charging points as we move into 2021 to meet the needs of the rapid growing EV consumer base. Moreover, the UK government has also made it mandatory for all newly built homes to include EV charging infrastructure.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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