22nd December 2020

Electric Car Grant | OZEV Explained

Electric Car Grant

There are many different Government grants available to support, drive and encourage the transition from petrol and diesel vehicles over to plug-in electric vehicles. Electric Vehicles don’t release carbon and dangerous gasses into the atmosphere and therefore are much better for the environment. Governments worldwide are driving the notion towards a net-zero carbon target, in an attempt to slow the pace of global warming amongst many other major benefits which include, increasing the UK’s EV manufacturing and design sectors to create new skills and jobs and creating cleaner air in our towns and cities, thus improving our overall health.

Therefore, the government wants you to consider switching to electric vehicles as soon as possible and is willing to support you through the process financially. Those who adopt early, are usually able to take advantage of the greater financial savings. A government electric car grant such as these, tend to come down as knowledge and infrastructure progress.  For example, the OLEV electric car grant scheme which is designed to support the purchase and installation of an electric charger was lowered from £1000 to £500 in 2018 and then most recently lowered to £350, which is still a saving worth taking advantage of whilst it is still available.

There are numerous avenues of funding if you are considering making the switch to electric vehicles.

The list of available .gov grants are as follows: –

 

home ev charger

Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)
Save Up To £350 On A Home Charger such as the 7kWh zappi charger

 

 

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Plug-In Electric Car Grant
Save up to £3000 on the purchase of an eligible Electric Vehicle

 

 

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Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS)
The workplace charge scheme is a voucher-based initiative, designed to support the up front costs of the purchase and installation of electric charge points such as the 22kWh zappi charger

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Other schemes include: –

 On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS)

Ultra-Low Emission Taxi Infrastructure Scheme

 

Collectively these initiatives are now known as the OZEV Grant Scheme (formally the OLEV Grant Scheme)

OZEV Electric Car Grant Scheme

What is the OZEV Grant Scheme?

The OZEV grant is offered to encourage UK drivers to switch to electric plug-in vehicles. This particular grant is focused on the acquisition and installation of the charger. Drivers can claim a government grant up to £350, which can be deducted off the price of a myenergi smart charger and the installation combined.

The official name for the OZEV grant is the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme also known as the EVHS. OZEV Grant is a term more commonly used because the department as an entity, relates to lots of different areas of compliance such as, OZEV approved installers. OZEV is replacing OLEV, though the application process is currently still the same and, in many instances, may still be referred to as the OLEV grant.

What is OZEV?

 OZEV stands for The Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV). OZEV replaced OLEV which stands for Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

 Boris Johnson recently announced the ban on the sales of fossil fuel vehicles in the UK from the date 2030. This prompted the government to tweak the name of the department responsible for supporting the roll out of EV charging infrastructure from OLEV to OZEV. A switch in terminology from ‘Low Emissions’ to ‘Zero Emissions’ which is more in keeping with net zero carbon ambitions.

 OZEV are a team of government officials whom are supporting the transition from fossil fuel vehicles to electric vehicles. OZEV will be responsible for (though not limited to) research and development within the EV sector and providing grants and funding to support EV charging infrastructure across the UK.

The OZEV team are a part of the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

OZEV Grant Eligibility Checklist

 

  1. Own an EV or are planning on purchasing an electric vehicle within 4 months of the application
  2. You must have off-street parking, such as a driveway.
  3. The charger model must be OZEV approved (such as the myenergi zappi)
  4. The charger must be smart enabled (requires an internet connection)
  5. Your chosen installer must be an OZEV approved installer (find OZEV approved installers here)
  6. Grants can be applied for, 4 months prior to the charger installation or EV registration.
  7. You can apply for two EV charge points per household, if at least two EV’s are registered to that address.
  8. An extra £300 is available in Scotland through the Energy Saving Trust

How to apply for an OZEV grant

The first thing to bear in mind is the OZEV grant (EVHS) must be applied for on behalf of yourself, by an OZEV approved installer. It is a common misconception where customers believe they can claim the grant directly from the government.

The grant is not passed to the customer as a monetary transaction i.e., you will not receive £350 in your bank account. Instead, the £350 is deducted from the price of the installation & charger and reclaimed from the government by the OZEV approved installer.

It is completely up to you in which order you proceed, for example, you may prefer to purchase the charger first and then get a number of quotes from our approved installer network OR, the installer can complete the whole process on your behalf, including the recommendation and purchase of the charger.

myenergi gives the customer complete control of their installation journey and this allows the customer to pursue and receive the best possible prices for the installation, whist giving all approved installers a level playing field for which to quote.

myenergi are here to help guide you through the process, from purchase to completion.

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Need help finding an OZEV approved installer?  Select your charger, submit your OZEV application, receive quotations and select your approved installer all in one quick, easy and streamlined process.

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