The Government has announced that from Monday 1 July 2019, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) will only provide a grant for installing smart electric vehicle chargepoints.
an be easily accessed remotely via a mobile phone and can receive, interpret and react to signals such as electricity tariff information, saving electric vehicle owners money.
Additionally, the Government explains, smart chargepoints can reduce high peaks of electricity demands by shifting the time of day when an electric vehicle charges to off-peak periods when electricity demand and network congestion are lower, thereby minimising pressure on the grid.
Michael Ellis MP, Minister for Future of Mobility, said, “The Government wants the UK to be the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle, with leadership and innovation helping us pave the way to a zero-emission future.
“We’re in the driving seat of the zero-emission revolution. Our new requirements for chargepoints could help keep costs down, ensuring the benefits of green transport are felt by everyone.”
The Government has supported the installation of domestic electric vehicle chargepoints since 2013. Over 110,000 domestic chargepoints have been installed through Government grant schemes.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme was set up to help private plug-in vehicle owners offset some of the upfront cost of the purchase and installation of a dedicated domestic recharging unit.
Customers who are the registered keeper, lessee or have primary use of an eligible electric vehicle may receive up to 75% (capped at £500, inc. VAT) off the total capital costs of the chargepoint and associated installation costs.
Approximately 200 chargepoint models, from 25 chargepoint manufacturers, have been confirmed as eligible after 1st July 2019, and have been marked accordingly on the OLEV online chargepoint model approval list.