OZEV grants are changing in 2022

OZEV grants are changing in 2022
Significant changes are taking place in the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) home and workplace charge point schemes next year. As we reported earlier this year, the new criteria comes into force on 1 April 2022 and has major implications for homeowners, landlords and small business owners, especially in the accomodation sector.

The headline amendments are to the eligibility criteria for the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) and Homecharge Grant Scheme (EVHS). From 1 April next year the WCS will be available to B&Bs, small accommodation businesses, SMEs, charities and owners of commercially let premises. This will mean, for example, that the owner of a holiday cottage can claim up to £350 off the cost of a charging socket, and it can be used by guests staying on the premises; previously they could only claim if the charge point was being used by their own staff.

Landlords, social housing providers and owners of apartment blocks can also now claim an EVHS grant. This is a major change and will take the sole responsibility for installing a chargepoint in an apartment away from individual flat owners. The Homecharge Grant will also cease to be available for house owners with off-street parking - it can still be claimed by people who rent their homes or those who live in flats.



OZEV have also announced that the grant scheme will be administered through a new online system, rather than the paper-based process that is currently in place.

Jim Rugg, Head of Replenishh, said of the changes: "The fact that OZEV is removing the EVHS grant for homeowners with off-street parking shows the first real sign that this area of the market can begin to stand on its own two feet. Yes, this will require a business strategy rethink for a lot of key stakeholders in this particular section of the market including our Installation partners, suppliers, regulators, training providers, industry experts as well as Replenishh ourselves."

"The opportunity centres around how we can ensure the best possible experience for the EV drivers in going Electric, and this requires building upon existing as well as developing new strategic partnerships with OEM’s, Fleet Mobility, Car Dealership, Leasing companies, Renewable technology experts amongst other solution providers in e-mobility. With the other opportunities associated with the OZEV schemes, including the continuation of the WCS grant, and introduction of the Multi-Residential EVHS grant among other interesting government incentives, the future for the market is going to be very exciting."

"Replenishh is ready to play a key role in the Electrification of the UK’s EV Charging Infrastructure, as there’s still a long way to go!"

The full details of the new criteria are outlined below.

For Workplaces
  • A grant of up to £350 is available per socket
  • A maximum grant of up to £14,000 is permitted
  • Applicants must be registered with Companies House or have a VAT registration
  • Workplaces must be able to provide private parking reserved for staff or fleet use only
For small accommodation businesses and charities
  • A grant of up to £350 grant is available per socket
  • A maximum grant of up to £14,000 is permitted with a limit of 40 applications
  • Applicants must be a registered charity or, if an accommodation business, employ less than 250 employees
  • Accommodation providers and charities must be able to provide off-street parking but staff and visitors are permitted to use the charge points
For owners of commercially let properties
  • A grant of up to £350 is available per socket
  • A maximum grant of up to £35,000 is permitted with a limit of 100 applications
  • Applicants must be a registered business or a public authority. If they are a private entity, they may be registered with Companies House, have a VAT registration, or be a private registered provider of social housing
  • The property must be a commercially let unit and have associated parking with it
  • The charge point must be installed in private parking space that is reserved for staff or fleet use only
For SMEs
  • A grant of up to £850 is available per parking bay
  • A maximum grant of up to £15,000 is permitted per building with a limit of 5 applications
  • Grants will also be given towards supporting infrastructure to allow a charge point to be installed at a later date, up to £500 per bay is available
  • Applicants must be a registered with Companies House or have a VAT registration
  • Businesses must employ less than 250 employees
  • The charge point must be installed with private parking
  • A minimum of five bays should be set aside for EV charging however only one must have a charge point installed
OZEV Home charge scheme - for homeowners and those renting

The current criteria is:
  • A grant of £350 is available towards the cost of a charge point
  • Applicants must have a qualifying electric vehicle
  • Applicants must have off-street parking
  • Only one application is allowed per person
  • The scheme will run until 31 March 2022. Charge points must be installed by this date with claims submitted by 30 April 2022.
From 2022, the grant scheme will change. These are the new criteria:

Building owners, including landlords and social housing providers
  • A grant of up to £350 per socket is available
  • A maximum grant up to £70,000 is permitted with a limit of 200 applications
  • Applicants must be a registered business or public authority. If they are a private entity, they may be registered with Companies House, have a VAT registration, or be a private registered provider of social housing.
  • The property must have associated private parking. There is no limit as to how many charge point sockets can be installed in each property within the overall maximum grant available

Owners of apartment blocks
  • A grant of up to £30,000 is available per building
  • A limit of 30 applications is permitted per year per applicant.
  • The grant available per application will depend on how many parking bays can be provided with a charge point socket, a grant of up to £850 is available per bay
  • Grants of up to £500 per bay will also be provided for supporting infrastructure to allow a charge point to be installed at a later date Applicants must be a registered business or a public authority. If they are a private entity, they may be registered with Companies House, have a VAT registration, or be a private registered provider of social housing
  • The property must have associated private parking. There is no limit as to how many charge point sockets can be installed in each property within the overall £30,000 grant per property
  • A minimum of five bays must be set aside for EV charging with at least one of which having a working charge point installed