We have put together some guidance and useful links that we hope will be beneficial to you when buying an EV and considering whether or not to install an EV chargepoint in your home:
REAL, as part of its work on its Renewable Energy Consumer Code, produced consumer guidance which explains the main features of EV chargepoints and sets out the issues you should consider when deciding whether to install one in your home home. The guidance explains how you can link a chargepoint to a solar PV and battery storage system, and even export electricity back to your home or to the electricity grid and lists the questions you should ask your installer before deciding to go ahead.
You might also find REAL’s guidance on Demand Side Response offers useful.
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)
OLEV is a team working across government, connected to the Department for Transport and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to support the early market for electric and ultra-low emission vehicles. To encourage EV car owners and users to install a home chargepoint, OLEV is running the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. The scheme is open to consumers who have taken ownership or keepership of an EV since 1 October 2016, and offers up 75% (capped at £500) off the total cost of the purchase and installation of an EV home chargepoint.
To ensure you can benefit from this scheme:
- You must have become the registered keeper, lessee or nominated primary user of a new or second hand eligible EV on or after 1 October 2016; and
- The installer you use must be an OLEV authorised installer who has approval from an the relevant EV chargepoint manufacturer to install their accredited equipment; and
- The proposed date of installation must not be more than 4 months ahead of the date of delivery or start date of your use of the EV.
Guidance for consumer, including a full list of eligibility requirements can be found here:
If you are eligible under the scheme, you will not have to pay the amount covered by the grant. You will need to complete certain paperwork but your chosen installer will be responsible for claiming the money back from OLEV after the chargepoint has been installed.
OLEV’s website contains relevant news, research and statistics, and information and guidance on EVs and its Electric Vehicle Home Charging Scheme, including the relevant eligibility criteria.
Energy Saving Trust Scotland (EST Scotland) Grant
If you’re a consumer who lives in Scotland, an additional grant of up to £300 is available from EST Scotland.
To ensure you can access this scheme:
- You must own or lease an EV, or use an EV through work.
- The installer you pick to contract with must be an EST Scotland approved installer
- The home chargepoint to be installed must be smart
- You must make your application for the grant before your chargepoint is installed.
The EST Scotland grant can be claimed alongside the OLEV grant. For example, EST Scotland suggest that the typical cost for a home chargepoint and installation is approximately £1000: OLEV currently offers applicants up to £500 towards this cost and EST Scotland will provide up to £300 further funding on top of this. Any remaining costs above the £500 (max.) provided by OLEV and the £300 (max.) provided by EST Scotland you would need to pay for yourself.
Please note that, unlike the OLEV grant, you will need to make the application to EST Scotland directly and before you have your home chargepoint installed. You will not be eligible for the grant if you have already had the installation completed. You will have to pay your supplier for the amount covered by the EST Scotland grant and they will then provide you with your (up to £300) reimbursement.
You should go to EST Scotland’s website for more information on its grant, full eligibility criteria and how to apply.
Zap-Map is a UK-wide map of charging points which allows you to locate and navigate to available chargepoints (mainly public chargepoints). You can use Zap-Map to search for OLEV authorised installers in your area and you will also be able to identify which of these installers are members of the Code.
Zap-Map provides advice and help for EV users, and cost and savings calculator tools so you can get an idea, for example, of how much an EV will cost to charge when charging using a home chargepoint or at a public chargepoint.
Citizens Advice’s is a great source of independent information. Acknowledging the growth in the number of electricity tariffs tailored for EV owners and users, Citizen’s Advice has undertaken an analysis of these tariffs to help you identify which might work for you. The results of this analysis have been published in a report called Take Charge.
Go Ultra Low
Go Ultra Low is a campaign jointly run by Government and the car industry. Its aim is ensure consumers have access to independent information, to ensure you know everything you need to know about EVs, and to help you choose the right EV, EV energy tariffs and charging option for your home.