The UK changed the eligibility criteria of the EV Home Charger Grant on 1st July 2019. The OLEV or Office of Low Emissions Vehicles stated that the grant will now onwards only cover the installation of a so-called “smart charger.” In the past, electric car owners could easily apply for a £500 grant from the government, which was 75% of the total cost of a home charge point. However, things have changed, but unfortunately, most homeowners or electric car owners aren’t aware of it.
Defining a ‘Smart’ Charger
A ‘smart’ charger is like a regular charger except for its ability to connect to the internet via Wifi, which allows the charger to interface with companies and apps directly. While the services it offers are at present limited, it does offer a world of opportunities primarily since smart charging, and automatically managed charging can be used for a multitude of purposes.
For instance, smart chargers have the ability to either stop or slow down, charging an electric vehicle for a while. The benefit of this feature is that the additional electrical load that’s brought on by EV charging can be managed. So, in a way, the new EV Home Charger Grant also ensures that people’s energy bills are kept to a minimum.
Smart chargers can also schedule a time for when your vehicle is charged. For instance, you can schedule it so that your car only when electricity tariffs at their lowest.
How to Know You Qualify for an EV Home Charger Grant?
Now, not everyone in the UK will qualify for an EV Home Charger Grant, so it is essential to keep that in mind. However, it is possible to be eligible if you meet the following criteria:
• If you have private parking that’s off the street, preferably in your home.
• It is important that a grant of similar nature has not been claimed on the property, or there should be two EV vehicles if you want a second charge point installed.
• You are the registered or primary user of the electric vehicle in your garage.
• You either own the home where you want the charger installed or have the landlord’s permission to get the charger installed. That permission may be required in writing.
• You choose to have a charger with built-in ‘smart technology’ installed.
• The electric vehicle for which the grant is being applied for shouldn’t be any older than one purchased in October 2016. OLEV has a list of vehicles that are eligible for those seeking a grant.
Many people have claimed that despite meeting the criteria for an EV Home Charger Grant, they were turned down. While it is possible to get turned down, generally the OLEV is very thorough when it comes to checking documentation and eligibility. So, if an applicant does not tick all the boxes, they may not be considered for the grant. It is important to do a bit of self-evaluation before applying. That way, you’ll know the odds of qualifying.