The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles has announced changes to the EV grants for home and workplace from April 2022, ending the £350 contribution towards a charge point for all private homes bar flats and rented accommodation under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. Those still eligible need to have a qualifying electric vehicle and dedicated off-street parking, but no applications from other home owners will be accepted for installations after 31 March 2022.
At the same point, changes to the Workplace Charging Scheme will see funding opened up to small businesses such as B7Bs and campsites, as well as registered charities, offering £350 per socket towards the cost of a chargepoint, up to 40 grants, for charity or accommodation businesses with less that 250 employees. The same grant terms also remain available to businesses, as has previously been the case. Owners of commercially let properties will also now be able to apply for £350 per chargepoint for up to 100 chargepoints for current or future business tenants.
“We are surprised to see that the government is changing the terms of the home charge grant as early as this in the timeline of EV adoption,” said Leaseplan head of consultancy services and customer value Matthew Walters in response to the changes. “It comes at a challenging time for the automotive industry, with the current semiconductor shortage pushing back lead times for EVs considerably. As a result, many homeowners may miss out on this valuable incentive during the electrification process.”
“Realistically, though, paying £350 more for a charge point isn’t likely to stop the average homeowner from getting an EV, and it is promising to see the government making a positive step towards charge point installation at rental properties,” Walters continued. “Offering more support to SMEs is a positive step, but support should extend further than offering one-off installation grants. The real and hidden problem for sites requiring multiple charge points is grid upgrade costs, so the pressure now lies with OFGEM and distribution network operators to offer better support for landlords and businesses with this in future.”