OZEV/OLEV Grants explained

Find out if you can save up to £350 on electric vehicle charge point installation.

Access to OZEV grants has changed, here’s everything you need to know

What is the charge point grant?

Who can get the OZEV charge point grant?

What is the Workplace Charging Scheme?

Who can access the Workplace Charging Scheme?

Which charge points can I get an OZEV grant for?

Which vehicles are eligible for the grant?

Why is my charge point grant taking so long?

Useful OZEV links

What is the charge point grant?

The charge point grant was introduced by the government in 2020 to make it cheaper to switch to a low emission vehicle. When more people switch from petrol or diesel to an electric vehicle, this supports their target to decrease UK carbon emissions.

The charge point grant offers £350 towards the cost of installing a charger for an electric car.

Previously, you could access the grant if you were a homeowner with your own driveway, but this has changed. The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV, for short) recently updated who can and cannot access the grant. We’ll go into this in more detail in just a moment.

First, it’s worth quickly running through the different names this grant has gone by. It comes from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), so it’s been called the OZEV grant or the OLEV grant. More recently it was called the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), but from April 2022, it’s been named ‘the charge point grant’.

Next, we’ll run through who can receive this grant.

Who can get the OZEV charge point grant?

A common question we hear is, am I eligible for the OZEV chargepoint grant? So let’s cover that now. The charge point grant can be accessed if you are a flat owner, live in rented accommodation, or if you’re a landlord.

Let’s take a closer look.

How to access the charge point grant if you’re a flat owner or live in rented accommodation

For flat owner-occupiers or people living in rented properties, this grant gives a 75% contribution to the cost of one electric vehicle charger and its installation. A cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per installation.

Some things have stayed the same with this grant. For example, your charge point and installer still need to be EVHS approved. However, some things have changed.

Previously you could claim up to 2 home chargers, but not any more. You can only claim for one charge point, even if you own a second electric vehicle. OZEV EVHS grants for households (not landlord properties) ended by the 31st of March this year. Homeowners who have their own dedicated driveway can no longer take advantage of this grant.

To qualify, you must:

● live in rental accommodation or own a flat.

● own, lease or have ordered a qualifying vehicle.

● have dedicated off-street parking at your property.

How it works:

● Choose an EVHS installer to install your charge point.

● This installer checks that you qualify. If you’re a flat owner, they’ll confirm you own the property.

● The installer applies for the grant on your behalf.

● You’ll receive a bill from the installer for the installation, minus the grant amount they’ve applied for.

● If the application is successful, the installer is paid the grant amount.

How to access the charge point grant if you’re a landlord

If you are a landlord, social housing provider or property factor you can apply for funding to install an electric vehicle charge point. The registration process to access the grant varies depending on the type of landlord you are and you can find more information on how to register here.

How it works:

● Register for the grant as a landlord

● Your OZEV-approved installer will make the claim on your behalf.

What can you claim as a landlord?

Your grant amount is per charge point socket installed. The charge point grant provides up to 75% of the cost towards the purchase and installation of a charge point socket, up to £350 per grant.

You can receive up to 200 grants a year for residential properties, and a further 100 for commercial properties. These may be across a number of properties and installations or just for one property.

What is the Workplace Charging Scheme?

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is run by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and managed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

This voucher-based scheme covers up to 75% of the total costs of the purchase and installation of EV charge points (inclusive of VAT). This is capped at a maximum of £350 per socket, for 40 sockets across all sites per applicant. So, if you want to install at 40 sites, you’ll be eligible for one charge point at each site.

As with the other OZEV grants, it’s your approved installer who will claim the money on your behalf.

Who can access the Workplace Charging Scheme?

Any business, charity or public sector organisation that meets the government criteria can apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme.

Use this online application form. Once approved, you’ll be given a unique identification voucher code by email. You’ll need to pass this on to your OZEV-authorised WCS installer.

Which charge points can I get an OZEV 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 OZEV'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 OZEV approved. The majority of charge points shown in the comparison are OZEV-approved but the odd charge point that is not approved (like the Tesla Wall Charger) can be a lot more expensive to install.

Downloadable List of Charge Points eligible for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

Which vehicles are eligible for the grant?

All full battery electric vehicles are eligible for the OZEV EVHS grant but some plug-in hybrids may not be depending on their emissions. In order to be eligible for the grant the hybrids CO2 emission level needs to be below 50g/km.

This list is kept up to date by the OZEV department and changes regularly. These are vehicles that have been approved to be ultra-low emission. It's also worth noting that this list includes electric vehicles which might not be eligible for the grant due to exceeding the price cap or no longer being sold in the UK. Check the full list below to find out if you have an eligible vehicle.

Vehicles eligible for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

Downloadable List of Vehicles eligible for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

Why is my charge point grant taking so long?

Rightcharge cannot guarantee all customers will receive the grant. Here are some of the reasons it might take longer to get, or may be denied access:

● The potential need for your District Network Operator to upgrade your fuse limit or disconnect your electricity supply from a neighbour (known as ‘de-looping’ your supply)

● A delay in supplying your home information to your installer to provide a quote and/or a delay in providing information allowing your installer to process your OZEV application

● If you are driving a company car or leasing your car you will need to provide evidence it will be in your possession for at least 6 months

● If you are expecting a delivery of a new car, you will need to provide evidence of ordering an eligible vehicle

The above list is not all-inclusive, there may be more reasons you can’t access these grants and your installer can advise further.

Find your EV Charger & Book Your Installation with the OZEV

Useful OZEV links

Office for zero-emission vehicles - OZEV

Here’s more information from the government on how to access the grant if you:

Own a flat or live in rental accommodation
Are a landlord

Need a workplace charge point

What is the difference between the OZEV & OLEV Grants?

In January 2021 the OLEV grant was renamed OZEV (Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles) but the grant itself didn’t change, just the name of the government department. The grant and eligibility criteria changed in 2022. It’s now called the charge point grant.

Can I get the OZEV grant for my workplace?

The OZEV grant is designed specifically for home charging points at non-commercial properties (essentially, your home).

There is also a workplace charging scheme (ECS) that works slightly differently for businesses. If you’re looking for more information about charging point installation for your business you can check out our handy guide below or apply directly via the government website.

Workplace Charging Schemes Useful Links

Workplace Charging Scheme Guide - WCS

Apply for the workplace charging scheme

How to apply for the OZEV EVHS grant

The grant is claimed by your installer from the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

When you request a quote through Rightcharge you are connected to an OZEV 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 OZEV

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.

For more information on the OZEV grant, see all of the details from OZEV, call us on 0808 164 1045 or email us at [email protected]

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OZEV charge point grant Summary

Prices see on the Rightcharge comparison system take the grant into account. So what is the grant and how do I claim one?

In summary:

● OZEV introduced the charge point grant in 2020. It’s been through a few changes since then.

● At the time of writing, the charge point grant, offers £350 towards the cost of installing a charger for an electric car.

● Eligible drivers usually get the full £350.

● You need to meet a few criteria to qualify.

● Installation needs to be carried out by an OZEV approved installer.

● Any installation company that you connect with through Rightcharge will be OZEV-approved.

● The grant is removed from the total price before you pay your installer. They then claim the grant back from OZEV.

● OZEV also offer up businesses and workplaces up to £350 per socket, capped at a maximum of 40 sockets across all sites through the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).