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Electric Vehicle Charging Points – How Do I Apply for a Grant?

Electric Vehicle Charging Points – How Do I Apply for a Grant?

Electric Car charging points – the new home essential

We all love the idea of charging our car at home. We can say goodbye to petrol station queues. All you’ve got to do is plug your car in when you get home, it charges overnight and it’s ready for you in the morning. Plugging in takes a few seconds. Just like charging your tablet or smartphone. Simple.

So if you you’re thinking of getting an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), you’re likely thinking about how to charge the vehicle at home. It just makes sense. Plus, evidence shows most electric vehicle owners carry out the largest proportion of their vehicle charging at home.

Using a dedicated home charging unit (rather than your standard home plug, a 13 amp socket) is the easiest, safest and recommended way to charge at home. These units can be fitted inside your home or outside, and they’re compact and robust.

But won’t having an electric car charging point in my home cost a lot to setup?

Thankfully, there is help from the government, who introduced the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme in May 2018 with the aim of encouraging the uptake of plug-in vehicles in the UK by reducing the cost of EV charging points.

This means you could receive up to 75% of the cost of an electric car charger or chargepoint and installation costs too (up to 500 inc. VAT). You can even apply for the grant for electric car charging stations up to four months before the delivery of your new vehicle, so you can get everything installed and sorted ready to use it from the word go!

So, how can I make sure I’m eligible for an electric car charger grant?

  • First, check your vehicle is eligible – you can find a full list of eligible vehicles on the government website here - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles
  • Next, check the installer you’re using is approved to install electric car charging points by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). A list of approved installers is available from the government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles
  • Choose an OLEV approved electric car charge-point - we would recommend using Rolec as their EV charging stations are eligible for the electric car grant, they look great, and they have over 50 approved installers throughout the UK – you can check out their home-charging range here
  • You’ll also need to make sure your vehicle is registered in the UK, that you will own or lease the car for at least six months, or be the primary user of a company vehicle for at least six months.

How do I claim the electric car charging grant?

You’ll need to fill in an installation form, which is available from the government website. Make sure you include all the necessary details and follow the guidance available on the website for your specific vehicle and installation.

If your car is a company car you may also need to fill in additional information from your employer, so consult with them making the claim for your home EV charging stations.

What kind of electric car charge-point do I need?

You need to ensure the electric vehicle charge-point you are purchasing is approved by the British Standards Institution (BSI) as safe for the domestic environment.

It’s also wise to choose a brand who are members of the UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association (UK EVSE) as this will ensure your electric car charging stations are of the highest quality.

Thankfully, Rolec’s range is BSI and UK EVSE approved, as well as being CE certified, IP65 weatherproof rated, and compliant with all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Browse Rolec’s range here , or give us a call for tailored advice.

Make sure you take advantage of the electric car grant while it is available - and drive into the future without breaking the bank.

What other electric car grants could I apply for?

The Government are so keen for drivers to switch to electric vehicles that they have several more electric car grants you could apply for. For example, the plug-in car grant provides a discount of up to £4,500 for eligible pure electric cars and £2,500 for eligible plug-in hybrids (as long as your vehicle costs £60,000 or less). You can also get up to £8,000 for eligible vans.

Are there tax benefits too?

Yes - for company car drivers it could save you on your Benefit in Kind bill, because electric and hybrid cars emit 50 g/km of CO2 or less incurring a Benefit In Kind tax of only 9% in 2017/18. It’s yet another reason to make the switch to electric vehicles.

What other reasons are there to switch to electric vehicles?

  1. Cheaper to run

    Electricity is cheaper than petrol or diesel. A pure electric car could cost a third or more less per mile of what a traditional petrol or diesel car might cost. Plug-in hybrids can also be cheaper to run, as they combine an electric motor with a petrol or diesel engine, making them more efficient.

  2. Maintenance is cheaper

    A petrol or diesel engine is a complex beast, requiring many additional components to operate correctly – exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, oil, radiators, gears …

    Pure electric cars have just three main components – the on-board charger, inverter and motor. This is compared to a petrol or diesel engine which is far more complex with exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, oil, radiators, gears etc.

    So an electric car has far fewer moving parts than cars with a petrol or diesel engine. Simply put fewer moving parts means servicing is simpler, and there is less maintenance. More money saved.

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) can also be cheaper to maintain than petrol or diesel-powered vehicles. Whilst PHEVs still have a petrol or diesel engine that needs servicing on a regular basis, the low-maintenance electrical motor powers the vehicles some of the time, which naturally leads to less wear and tear of the petrol engine component.

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) can also be cheaper to maintain than petrol or diesel-powered vehicles. Whilst PHEVs still have a petrol or diesel engine that needs servicing on a regular basis, the low-maintenance electrical motor powers the vehicles some of the time, which naturally leads to less wear and tear of the petrol engine component.

  3. Greener

    It’s not just about saving money – it’s about saving the planet.

    Pure electric vehicles don’t have any tailpipe emissions, because they don’t have an exhaust! Plug-in hybrids too have considerably lower average emissions than petrol or diesel vehicles. This can help improve air quality, particularly in urban areas and at the roadside where air quality can be worst.

    Of course, the electricity to power the vehicle has to be produced somehow, and, let’s face it - sometimes power stations don’t seem that green. But even when taking into account the environmental impact of generating the electricity your car will use (the ‘well-to-wheel’ emissions), pure electric cars can still produce significantly lower greenhouse gases than petrol or diesel cars. Plus now the UK is endeavoring switch to generating electricity through more renewable and nuclear methods, meaning emissions will be reduced further.

    So, over their whole lifecycle, electric cars have lower greenhouse gas emissions than other vehicles. Plus the manufacture of electric car batteries can then be offset by increased efficiency and emissions savings over the life of the car.

  4. Silent but speedy

    Once you’ve tried, it, you won’t look back. A journey in an electric car is so smooth and quiet you’re bound to enjoy those country drives so much more.

    But quiet doesn’t mean slow. Electric motors produce high levels of torque, which means that pressing the accelerator creates an almost immediate burst of smooth acceleration. You’ll feel the need for speed in a whole new way…

  5. Easy home charging

    We’re back to where we started – charging your vehicle at home just makes sense – it’s easier, cheaper and more convenient. Plus the government will give you a grant toward the installation.

So it’s a no-brainer! Why not have a look at our grant-funded electric vehicle chargers here, or give us a call for tailored advice.