Am I Still eligible For The OZEV Grant?

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) was replaced by the Electric Vehicle Chargepoint grant on 1, April 2022. Understandably, this has led to some confusion as to who is still eligible for funding.

The grants previously offered to landlords, and business owners have also now changed.

Fortunately, many of the requirements are still the same, and if you've already applied to the EVHS scheme, then you don't need to apply to the new scheme.

In this guide, we'll take a close look at who is eligible for the new grants and exactly what you'll get if you apply. The OZEV grant is still easy to apply for and will go a long way to helping you install one or more EV chargers.

What Are The Requirements To Be Eligible For The Grant If I Rent Or Own A Flat?

If you own or rent a flat, then you can get OZEV grant funding of either £350 or 75% of what it costs to purchase and install your charger. You'll be given whichever works out as the lowest amount. Check out our post on current EV charger grants in 2023

In order to be eligible for the Electric Vehicle Chargepoint grant, there are certain criteria that must be met. There are different requirements relating to the owner, the vehicle, and the property.

Owner requirements

If you've already applied to the scheme, the Domestic Recharge Scheme, or the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, then you can't claim again. However, if you own two electric vehicles then you can claim from the scheme in order to install a second home charger.

You can't apply for the grant if:

  • You own the house that you live in.
  • You buy a new charger. This includes when your current charger isn't compatible with a new car.
  • You're claiming the cost of transferring an existing charger to a new home.

If you move to a new property that has an old charger and you want to upgrade it, you can claim the EV charge point grant as long as you haven't claimed it before.

In Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust can offer extra funding to people looking to install electric vehicle charge points.

Vehicle requirements

To receive the government grant, one of the following vehicle requirements must also be met:

  • You are the registered keeper of a second-hand or new eligible electric vehicle.
  • You have been given a company car for at least six months.
  • You've been named by an employer as the primary user, for at least six months, of an eligible electric vehicle.
  • You've leased an eligible vehicle for at least six months or have leased one through a salary sacrifice scheme.
  • You've ordered and are waiting for an eligible vehicle.

Property Requirements

To be eligible for the Electric Vehicle Chargepoint grant, your property must also fulfil some requirements:

  • The grant can't be used for unoccupied or new-build properties.
  • You must be resident at your property.
  • If you require any third-party permissions, you must have these before installing a charger.
  • Legal permission must be obtained if any parts of the charge point will be on someone else's property.
  • If you move your charge point to a new property, then you don't need to tell OZEV.

Do I Need Off-Street Parking?

To be eligible for the grant, you do need to have dedicated off-street parking. This includes private off-street parking that is co-located with the property or located separately from it.

If your parking space is separate from your property, then you'll need to be able to prove that you're legally allowed access to it at all times.

Your installer will also need to carry out an inspection to make sure that your parking space is suitable for an EV charger.

What Funding Is Available For Landlords?

If you own one or more properties other than a flat, then there are two different types of OZEV grant that you can apply for. You can apply for the EV Chargepoint grant and the EV Infrastructure grant. You can apply for both grants for the same property.

The EV Chargepoint grant gives you either £350 or 75% of the full cost of buying and installing a charger. You can apply for up to 100 grants for commercial properties and 200 grants for residential properties within a financial year.

If you need funding for the infrastructure required for installing multiple chargers, then you can apply for the EV Infrastructure grant. This will cover 75% of the costs or up to £30,000.

You can apply for 30 of these grants during a financial year.

What Funding Is Available For Business Owners?

If you own a small or medium-sized business, then you can also apply for an EV Infrastructure grant. This grant covers 75% of the costs of installing charge points, installing charge point infrastructure, and installing the infrastructure needed for future charge points.

Each grant has a maximum limit of £15,000. For each charge point that's installed, you can claim up to £350. For each parking space that's fitted with charge point infrastructure, you can receive up to £500. You're able to apply for 30 different infrastructure grants in a financial year.

To be able to apply for the grant, your business can have no more than 249 employees. Your business must also be either a public sector organisation, charity, or a UK-registered company.


What is OZEV?

OZEV stands for the Office For Zero Emission Vehicles. They're a dedicated team that works across government and are tasked with supporting the UK's transition to zero-emission vehicles.

This means supporting the adoption of electric vehicles and providing funding through grants for EV charge points.

What documents do I need to provide to get the OZEV grant?

The type of documents you need to provide to get the grant varies depending on which grant you're applying for. Some examples of the documents you'll need include the following:

  • Your contact details and your address.
  • Your vehicle's make and model.
  • Your name (the registered keeper or nominated user).
  • Your Vehicle Registration Number or Vehicle Identification Number
  • Your MPAN number.
  • Proof of purchase, such as your order or delivery confirmation.
  • If your vehicle is a company car, a nominated user letter. This should be on company-headed paper.

Final Thoughts

A lot of progress has been made in bringing down the costs of buying and installing EV chargers. However, it can still be fairly expensive. Luckily, the various OZEV grants can support you to install one or more chargers in your home, properties, or business.

As the requirements for each grant are fairly extensive, we recommend visiting the UK Government's site so you can get the full details before applying. But, don't worry; applying is straightforward and doesn't take long to do.

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