As from the 1st of April 2020 the grant for these schemes will be set at £350 towards the cost of purchase and installation of a chargepoint at home through the electric vehicle homecharge scheme, and £350 towards a chargepoint socket at work through the workplace charging scheme. This is a reduction from £500 to £350. The new rate will apply to installations on or after 1st April 2020 for EVHS, and will apply to voucher applications submitted on or after 1st April 2020 for WCS.
The change in the grant will enable twice as many people to benefit from a grant (from 30,000 to 57,000 under the EVHS). This will support the expected increase in the update of electric vehicles.
The government is also pleased to announce 2 further changes of:
- we are extending who can benefit from the EVHS scheme to include larger electric motorbikes. Currently only electric cars and vans are eligible
- we are addressing the needs of businesses by doubling the number of sockets allowed under the workplace charging scheme from 20 to 40
Local authorities can apply for a grant to cover part of the capital costs of installing chargepoints for residents who lack off-street parking. The grant rate will be set at £6,500 per chargepoint. We can extend this to £7,500 per chargepoint in certain circumstances and only on occasions where a local authority has demonstrated a need for this level of support. The change in the grant rate, from £7,500 to £6,500, will apply for applications for the 2020/21 financial year.
By lowering the cap we will be able to support more chargepoints with the available funding. This will enable us to support more local authorities overall and contribute to a better spread of chargepoints across the country. We want to make sure every local authority in the country has the chance to access this funding so we can level up provision across the UK.
Further, while the scheme will remain broadly first come, first serve, we will look to prioritise on basis of need and whether previous funding has been awarded in order to ensure we level up provision across the country.