The Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) home and workplace charging schemes underwent significant changes in 2022.

Currently, under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, as of April 1st 2022, the OZEV grant no longer includes homeowners as eligible applicants for funding. Instead, a new set of criteria has come into effect that enables landlords, flat owners or residents that rent their property, apartment block owners and social housing providers to claim an EVHS grant. It is also possible for business owners who have their registered business address at their home address to claim a Workplace charging grant.

What are the new OZEV rules?

The biggest changes to the OZEV grant include a new set of eligibility criteria for both the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) and the Homecharge Grant Scheme (EVHS).

Under the new OZEV rules, homeowners can no longer claim the EVHS’s £350 funding towards off-street charger installation. The new rules will only grant eligibility to:

  • Landlords
  • Flat Owners
  • People who live in rented accommodation
  • Social housing providers
  • Owners of apartment blocks

Additionally, the new OZEV grant scheme will no longer use a paper-based process and instead be processed through a new online system.

New rules for workplaces and commercial properties

Workplaces and commercial properties are currently eligible for the £350 OZEV grant under the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). However, the criteria for eligible workplaces have changed under the new April 1st OZEV grant rules. 

The new changes will make the WCS grant available to:

  • SMEs
  • Small accommodation businesses
  • B&Bs
  • Charities 
  • Commercially let premises owners

This will open up the opportunity for more businesses to claim up to £350 of the cost of each charge point installation. The OZEV changes will, for instance, allow the owner of a small accommodation business to claim funding for charge points that are available for guests. Whereas previously, they could only receive funding for charge points being used by staff.

Avoiding installation delays

There is not much time left to claim for the current OZEV grant before it ends. To make sure your installation runs quickly and smoothly before the deadline, make sure you are fully prepared for your EV installation. 

Common delays to installation are often easy to avoid. We recommend that you check the following before proceeding with your application:

  • Make sure your vehicle is approved for EVHS eligibility – We will check this for you during your application, although to speed things up, it can be useful to find out if your car is on the government approved vehicle list.
  • Complete your grant questionnaire and documentation – We apply for the grant on your behalf. For this application, we send over a questionnaire and request documentation to submit with your application. Although without the necessary documentation in place, the application cannot proceed.
  • Narrow down your choice of charger – It will help to have an idea of which type of EV charger you’d like to have installed. Explore our summary of the best home EV chargers for to help you get started.

Why is the OZEV grant changing?

The OZEV grant is changing from 1st April 2022. The grant was initiated by the government in order to provide the appropriate infrastructure to charge electric vehicles in the push towards more environmentally friendly transport methods. This has helped make home EV chargers more affordable for new EV owners, and provide workplaces with appropriate charging availability for staff.

Lack of access to a chargepoint is cited as one of the top reasons why people are apprehensive about switching to an electric vehicle, and the OZEV grant was introduced to help overcome this. The UK currently has one of the most advanced EV charging networks, but access still remains difficult for some individuals, which is why the OZEV grant is changing.

The new OZEV changes are being made to address the previous gaps where funding was unavailable for some EV owners or commercial property owners. As a result, the new changes intend to continue improving the UK’s charging infrastructure by providing more affordable chargepoint installation in areas where funding was previously unavailable.

Get in touch

Request an installation quote or learn more about OZEV grant changes. Our expert installers can help. Simply get in touch with us to find out more. Enquire online, call us on 0208 064 1974 or email us at sales@joltify.co.uk.

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