What are the Government grants for Electric cars?

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There are several grants for Electric cars:

The Plug-in Car grant

The Plug-in Car grant is worth £2,500 and available for vehicles costing up to £35,000 which are on the  Office for Zero Emission Vehicles list.

The grant is automatically deducted from the retail price when an eligible vehicle is purchased.

Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

Note that there is also a Scheme for Workplaces

Electricity for Home charging can be extremely cheap, as it can be obtained on a night rate or even on a half-hourly basis.

Sometimes the Electricity can even be FREE!

In winter you can benefit from heating the car before leaving home.

Getting the EVHS grant

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) is a grant that provides a 75% contribution to the cost of one chargepoint and its installation. A grant cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per installation. 

Customers must provide evidence of keepership, lease, be named as the
primary user of an eligible electric vehicle or have a vehicle on order in
order to be able to qualify for the grant.

  • Both the vehicle model and installer must be on the OLEZ, formally OLEV, approved list. Note that it’s in alphabetical order and many don’t show phone or web details.
  • The customer’s property must have designated, private off-street parking
  • The charger to vehicle cable must not cross a pubic right of way – see an example of an application failure
  • The claim is put in by the installer
  • The vehicle registration number, or proof of an order, is required on the application form. The vehicle must be in possession for a minimum of six months

Although vehicle manufactures have their preferred installer they may wish to only do a minimal job, rather than what you need. Some have pre-requirements before they will do their part of the installation. However you are at liberty to use any installer on the OLEV list who complies with the rules.

You will need the installer to confirm that there is sufficient electricity supplied to provide for existing needs plus those for charging the vehicle. Most homes should be OK.

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