Electric vehicle homecharge, workplace charging and on-street residential chargepoint scheme confirmed for another year

16 March 2020

There are three EV chargepoint schemes available in the UK:

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

On street residential chargepoint scheme (ORCS) provides funds to install chargepoints on-street for residents without off-street parking so that they can enjoy the convenience and value of charging their plug-in electric vehicles at home

 

Schemes confirmed to run for another year

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has confirmed the continuation of the ‘electric vehicle homecharge scheme’ (EVHS) and ‘workplace charging scheme’ (WCS) for another year.

OLEV has also re-confirmed the continuation of the ‘on street residential chargepoint scheme’ (ORCS) for another year.

 

There are some changes though...

At present, people installing an EV chargepoint at their home, and businesses installing chargers at their property, can claim £500 towards the purchase and installation costs. On 1 April 2020, when the grant renews, this will reduce to £350.

In spite of this, the EVHS - which has supported the installation of more than 120,000 home chargers so far - has been expanded so that owners of larger electric motorcycles can apply for a home charger grant; previously, only owners of electric cars and vans were eligible.

In addition, whereas businesses have previously only been able to receive grants for up to 20 chargers on one site under the WCS, they will now be able to get financial support for up to 40. Over 6,500 workplace chargers have been installed so far under the grant. 

Back in January, the Government announced that funding for public EV charging points installed by councils as part of the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) would be doubled to £10 million for the 2020/21 financial year. Now, though, it’s also been confirmed that the default grant councils receive will be reduced from £7,500 per charger to £6,500, in order to allow the funds to be spread over a higher number of local authorities. However, the old £7,500 grant will still be available “in certain circumstances and only on occasions where a local authority has demonstrated a need for this level of support”.

 



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