OLEV Government Grant – what it is and how it work?

Summary

Doing your part for the environment can be a costly endeavour, which is why the UK government created the OLEV grant to help you on your way. The grant works by subsiding up to 75% (capped at £500) of the cost of purchasing and installing a dedicated charging device.

There are several requirements to meet to be eligible for the grant, including having access to off-road parking. (please see below for full list)

You must own an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid that emits less than 75g per km of CO2. This means all BEV (electric cars) and the majority of hybrids are eligible for the grant.

Claiming the grant is easy. Our installers will apply on your behalf, all you need to do is provide a couple of documents, and we’ll take care of the rest.

OLEV, which stands for the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, is the department through which the UK government offers grants for those embarking on their EV journey. Two grant schemes can be used to purchase and install charging devices; the first is EVHS (electric vehicle homecharge scheme) and the second, WCS (workplace charging scheme). We’re going to take a look at the requirements and how to apply for both.

Bypassing the fact that homecharge isn’t an actual word, let’s kick this guide off with everything you need to know about EVHS.

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Is my car eligible?

To qualify for the EVHS grant, you firstly need to own an approved vehicle. OLEV demands all vehicles to emit than 75g of CO2 per km. This means all BEV (electric cars) are accepted as they produce zero emissions, however, not all plug-in hybrids will have made the cut. Be sure to check if your vehicle passes the test before applying for the grant by referring to OLEV’s list of approvals.

To see if your vehicle is approved by OLEV, click here

How do I know if I’m eligible?

In addition to vehicle type, there are five primary requirements you will need to fulfil to claim the EVHS grant. We have listed these below:

  • You must have purchased an OLEV approved vehicle after the 1st of October 2016. Note that the vehicle does not have to be manufactured after 2016, simply that you made the purchase after that date.
  • You will need to have private off-road parking. The charging cable must not run across a public footpath.
  • The charger you have decided upon must be OLEV approved. In 2019 OLEV demanded that all chargers incorporate smart technology. macXcharging’s Wallstation is OLEV approved, but for a full list of your options, visit OLEV.
  • The installation date of your new charger must not exceed four months before the delivery/date you become the registered owner of your EV.
  • You must use an approved OLEV installer to undertake the installation of your new charger. macXcharging has partnered with leading OLEV approved installers. For a full list of eligible installers, visit OLEV.
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 How do I claim the grant?

This is the easy part. OLEV require the installers to make the application on your behalf. Therefore, our install partners will ask you a few questions to determine whether your OLEV application is likely to be successful.

If you meet all requirements, then up to £500 will be deducted from your bill and an install will be scheduled.

Following the initial survey, all you will need to do is submit a few documents and your install team will do all the heavy lifting (well, paperwork) from thereon.

What documents will I need to submit?

Your install team will liaise with you on what documents are required, how to send them and by when. For now, here is a list of the information needed to make the application:

  • Name of the person making a claim, plus address and contact details (this should match the registered owner of the vehicle).
  • Vehicle manufacturer, model and registration number (VRN) or identification number (VIN).
  • Proof of ownership, such as your V5C or order/delivery confirmation.
  • Your MPAN number and/or electricity supplier.
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Can I still claim with a company car or lease vehicle?

The simple answer here is, yes. The only difference is that you will need to provide additional documentation, such as your lease contract etc.

Our install partners will make you aware of any extra documents needed to make a claim.

Grants in Scotland

If you are a Scottish resident, you can claim an addition £300 through the Energy Saving Trust Scotland. This will be in addition to the £500 claimed through the EVHS.

As with the EVHS, our install team will assist you in making the application.

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Workplace Charging Scheme aka WCS

OLEV’s workplace scheme was devised to encourage and aid businesses in installing charge points for EV fleets or for use by staff/customers. WCS offers the same as EVHS, claiming up to £500 for each charger installed, however, through the workplace scheme, one applicant can claim for up to 20 charging devices. That’s a potential £10,000 towards implementing an EV charging infrastructure for your business.

What requirements does the business need to meet?

WCS is available to any business, charity, non-profit or public-benefit corporation. However, it will need to meet and adhere to the following:

  • Have dedicated off-road parking available. Charging cables must not cross a public footpath.
  • The charge point and installation team will need to be OLEV approved.
  • Declaration of business needs and/or intend to encourage EV uptake.
  • The property must be owned by the business or secure consent from the landlord for the charge points to be installed.
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How do I claim the WCS grant?

Begin by completing this online form Upon approval, you will receive a code that can be presented to your installer. Please note, you will need to claim the grant within 120 days.

If you require any assistance in filling out the form, do not hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to help.

We hope this guide was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the macXcharging team. We’re a friendly bunch who are always available to help.