The UK Government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) that provides up to £350 towards the installation of an EV charge point on residential homes will no longer be available for a large portion of homeowners.
After 31st March 2022, homeowners “who live in single-unit properties such as bungalows and detached, semi-detached or terraced housing” will no longer be eligible to apply for the scheme as the government shifts its focus to the leasehold sector.
The scheme will now only be available for homeowners who live in flats, and people in rental accommodation. This move is to try and push for more expansive EV charging infrastructure across densely populated urban areas which have seen less uptake of the EVHS.
The EVHS will also be available for non-resident building owners and owners of apartment blocks at some point in 2022, although the exact date of this has not yet been confirmed by the government.
There will also be a change to the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) from 1st April 2022 which allows B&Bs, small accommodation businesses, SMEs, charities and owners of commercially let premises to apply for the grant. Previously these businesses could only apply for the grant if the EV charger was being used by their staff, but the change means the charge points can be provided for customer use too.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme is due to end at the end of March 2023 and is unlikely to be extended as the government’s focus will shift again, this time to public charge points.
You can read more about the EVHS on the Government website.