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OLEV Grants for home and workplace charge points

There are two types of OLEV grants for charge points:

  1. Home charge point grant (EVHS)
  2. Workplace charge point grant (WCS)


1. The OLEV grant for home charge points

Save £500 on purchase and installation of an electric vehicle charge point for your home

The UK government set up a scheme to support the wider use of electric and hybrid cars through the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The grant for home charge points, also known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), provides 75% off the cost of purchasing and installing a home charge point up to a maximum of £500.

Update July 2019

Back in December 2018, the UK government announced changes to the OLEV grant for home charge points. The update to the grant conditions mean that all charge points must use smart technology in order to be eligible. These changes come into effect from 1 July 2019.

The new regulations, stating that all partially government-funded home charge points must be “smart”, mean that charge points must now be able to be remotely accessed, and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal. As part of the UK government’s Road to Zero strategy, smart charging capabilities are hoped to help reduce high peaks of electricity demands, minimising the impact of EVs on the grid and to keep costs down for consumers by enabling, and encouraging, off-peak charging.

The great news

All NewMotion home charge points are fully OLEV-approved for the EVHS post-July and meet all smart charging requirements. Take a look below for further information on the EVHS grant.

What is the OLEV Grant for home charge points (EVHS)?

The OLEV Grant (also known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) offers a £500 discount off the purchase & installation costs of a home charging point. The grant is available for most EVs and plug-in hybrids. You can claim one charge point per qualifying vehicle. A household can claim up to two charge point grants.

Do I qualify for the OLEV Grant?

In order to qualify for the OLEV Grant, you will need to:

  • Have a full electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, purchased from the 1st October 2016 onwards. If you do not have your vehicle yet, you must have one on order
  • Have off-street parking (for example, a driveway or garage) at your property
  • If you do not have access to off-street parking, your Local Authority may be able to help

Is my vehicle eligible for the OLEV Grant?

OLEV keeps an up-to-date list of vehicles eligible to receive the EVHS grant. You can find this list here.

Second-hand vehicles also apply – just make sure that with both new and used vehicles that your application for the grant is within four months prior to, or after receiving your vehicle.

How can I claim the OLEV Grant?

Claiming the OLEV grant is very straightforward and just incorporates the following four steps when you purchase your home charge point from NewMotion:

  1. Get in touch to request a free NewMotion quote
  2. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss your requirements and ask for you to share share some straightforward information with us
  3. When you are happy with your order, your charge point will be installed by one of our OLEV-approved install partners who provide details and photographs that we require for the OLEV application
  4. We take care of submitting the application to OLEV on your behalf once installation is complete

Learn more about our home line of charge points and make a request for further information today

2. The OLEV grant for workplace charge points

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a grant provided by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) to enable businesses to provide charging solutions at work at a reduced cost.

What does the OLEV WCS grant look like?

The WCS reduces the purchase and installation cost of a workplace charge point by 75% (capped at £500 per socket) for up to 20 sockets per business. This can mean a cost saving of up to £10,000.

Does my business qualify for this grant?

The grant is available to all businesses large or small with some considerations:

  • Your workplace needs to have dedicated off-street parking available
  • Whilst you do not need to have electric vehicles currently in your fleet, or employees who drive electric cars to work, your business should be able to highlight the future need for charging solutions at your workplace
  • Have the work carried out by an OLEV-approved installer

How do I claim the grant for my business?

Claiming the OLEV grant for workplace charge points is simple. The WCS is a voucher-based system and NewMotion can take care of most of the process on your behalf. There are just a few simple steps involved when you choose NewMotion for your charging needs:

  1. Customer completes online application
  2. Voucher is generated by OLEV and sent to customer to share with NewMotion
  3. Customer places order with OLEV grant factored into quote
  4. NewMotion completes installation with our OLEV-approved installers
  5. NewMotion submits claim on the customer’s behalf to OLEV
  6. NewMotion receives the grant

Get in touch to learn more about how to get started