Update on the EV Infrastructure Grants Schemes
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles is today confirming the continuation of the ‘electric vehicle homecharge scheme’ (EVHS) and ‘workplace charging scheme’ (WCS) for another year.
OLEV is also re-confirming the continuation of the ‘on street residential chargepoint scheme’ (ORCS) for another year.
As from the 1 April 2020 the grant for these schemes will be set at £350 towards the cost of purchase and installation of a chargepoint at home through the electric vehicle homecharge scheme, and £350 towards a chargepoint socket at work through the workplace charging scheme. This is a reduction from £500 to £350. The new rate will apply to installations on or after 1 April 2020 for EVHS, and will apply to voucher applications submitted on or after 1 April 2020 for WCS.
For EVHS, where an installer can prove that there is a pre-existing arrangement with the customer, that was agreed prior to 12 March, the installation shall still be eligible for a grant rebate of £500. This provision shall apply until the 31 May.
The change in the grant will enable twice as many people to benefit from a grant (from 30,000 to 57,000 under the EVHS). This will support the expected increase in the update of electric vehicles.
The government is also pleased to announce 2 further changes of:
- we are extending who can benefit from the EVHS scheme to include larger electric motorbikes. Currently only electric cars and vans are eligible
- we are addressing the needs of businesses by doubling the number of sockets allowed under the workplace charging scheme from 20 to 40
Full details can be fount at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-on-the-infrastructure-grants-schemes