The prices you see on the Rightcharge comparison system take the £350 OLEV Homecharge grant into account. So what is the grant?
- The OLEV Homecharge grant covers 75% of the cost of buying and installing a smart home charge point up to a maximum of £350. Eligible drivers usually get the full £350.
- You need to meet a few criteria to qualify (see the full details below), which includes owning or leasing an electric or hybrid car and having private off-street parking associated with your property.
- The installation needs to be carried out by an OLEV-approved installer.
- Any installation company that you connect with through Rightcharge will be OLEV-approved.
- The grant is removed from the total price before you pay your installer. They then claim the grant back from OLEV.
- A further £300 is available in Scotland from the Energy Saving Trust.
- OLEV also offer up businesses and workplaces up to £350 per socket (some charge points have two sockets) through the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).
Am I eligible for the OLEV Homecharge grant?
To be eligible for the OLEV Homecharge grant you must:
- Own, lease or be the named user of a qualifying electric or hybrid vehicle (see the full list here). The lease must be for at least 6 months and you must be the named user of a company car for at least 6 months.
- Have your charge point installed no more than 4 months before the delivery date of your car or motorcycle if the vehicle is on order.
- Not have claimed the grant previously in your household. Unless you have a second qualifying car in your household, in which case you can claim twice, but not a third time.
- Have your charge point installed by an OLEV-approved installer (like any installer you will connect with through Rightcharge).
Once you request a quote through Rightcharge, your installer will be able to confirm your eligibility.
Which charge points can I get the grant for?
As of 1st April 2020 the grant only applies to smart home charge points. The charger needs to be capable of sending and receiving information. This is OLEV's list of all approved charge points.
The prices shown on the Rightcharge comparison system take into account whether or not the charge point is OLEV approved. The majority of charge points shown in the comparison are OLEV-approved but the odd charge point that is not approved (like the Tesla Wall Charger) can be a lot more expensive to install.
How is the grant claimed?
The grant is claimed by your installer from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
When you request a quote through Rightcharge you are connected to an OLEV-approved installer. They will then:
- Provide a quote based on the complexity of your installation
- Remove the grant amount from your price if you are eligible
- Ask you to provide some information so that they can reclaim the grant back from OLEV
You do not need to do anything other than provide some information to your installer and the grant will be removed from your total installation price if you are eligible.