Changes to EV Charging Grant Schemes for Homes & Workplaces from 2022.

Changes to EV Charging Grant Schemes for Homes & Workplaces from 2022.

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Changes to EV Charging Grant Schemes for Homes & Workplaces from 2022.

How the EV Charging Grant Schemes Will Change for Homes & Workplaces in 2022.

OZEV – the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles have announced there will be significant changes from April 2022 for the Home & Workplace EV Charging grant schemes. 

In broad terms, the changes can have significant implications for small businesses as well as home owners, landlords and those in the accommodation sector.

Here are some of the main criteria and changes coming in from 1st April 2022.

For the Workplace

  • A grant of up to £350 is available per socket
  • A maximum grant of up to £14,000 is permitted
  • Applicants must be registered with Companies House or have a VAT registration
  • Workplaces must be able to provide private parking reserved for staff or fleet use only

For small accommodation businesses and charities

  • A grant of up to £350 grant is available per socket
  • A maximum grant of up to £14,000 is permitted with a limit of 40 applications
  • Applicants must be a registered charity or, if an accommodation business, employ less than 250 employees
  • Accommodation providers and charities must be able to provide off-street parking but staff and visitors are permitted to use the charge points

For owners of commercially let properties

  • A grant of up to £350 is available per socket
  • A maximum grant of up to £35,000 is permitted with a limit of 100 applications
  • Applicants must be a registered business or a public authority. If they are a private entity, they may be registered with Companies House, have a VAT registration, or be a private registered provider of social housing
  • The property must be a commercially let unit and have associated parking with it
  • The charge point must be installed in private parking space that is reserved for staff or fleet use only

For SMEs

  • A grant of up to £850 is available per parking bay
  • A maximum grant of up to £15,000 is permitted per building with a limit of 5 applications
  • Grants will also be given towards supporting infrastructure to allow a charge point to be installed at a later date, up to £500 per bay is available
  • Applicants must be a registered with Companies House or have a VAT registration
  • Businesses must employ less than 250 employees
  • The charge point must be installed with private parking
  • A minimum of five bays should be set aside for EV charging however only one must have a charge point installed

OZEV Home charge scheme – for homeowners.

For employees who are looking at getting EV charging systems at their home, then there are changes to the current criteria which they need to bear in mind. 

The current criteria is; 

  • A grant of £350 is available towards the cost of a charge point
  • Applicants must have a qualifying electric vehicle
  • Applicants must have off-street parking
  • Only one application is allowed per person
  • The scheme will run until 31 March 2022. Charge points must be installed by this date with claims submitted by 30 April 2022.

The fact that the Homecharge Scheme for home owners with off-street parking will cease from April is an indicator that the domestic market is starting to bed in without the support – and that this support can go to other priorities.

Instead, it will now focus more on building owners.  By providing provisions for landlords, social housing and owners of apartment blocks to apply – the onus away from the individual flat owner and opens the scheme to those living in these types of accommodation.

What does this all mean for business fleets?

In a nutshell – the electrification of vehicles is gathering momentum and these revised guidelines should help give more access to the schemes for businesses. 

Other changes, such as the improvement of the process by the removing of aspects of paperwork in favour of online portals will (should) speed things up.

Overall though – the opportunities for commercial fleets to help minimise the costs of switching to electric are there right now – and look to be so in the mid-term to.

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