Am I eligible for the £350 Government OZEV Grant?
30th Sep 2019 Danny Morgan
The Government will contribute up to £350 towards the purchase and installation of your smart electric car charger. But there are certain requirements you must meet in order to qualify – here is what you need to know before claiming the OZEV Grant.
HURRY! THE OZEV GRANT FOR HOMEOWNERS IS ENDING MARCH 31st 2022
The Government is changing how the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) works. Often known as the "OZEV Grant", it will be no longer be available to homeowners after March 31st 2022.
The last EV charger installation date is March 31st 2022 for homeowners applying for the grant. It's important you start the process well in advance of this date as the grant application process can take time, while delays can also be caused by your DNO (Distribution Network Operator) which are out of our control.
In other words, if you would like to take advantage of the £350 grant towards your EV charger installation, do not delay!
What is the OZEV Grant?
The Government offers up to £350 towards your home EV charger installation. This grant is called the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) although it is commonly known as the OZEV Grant as it is administered by the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV for short).
Can I get the OZEV Grant?
There are a number of criteria you must meet in order to be eligible for the EVHS/OZEV Grant. You can learn more right here, but the key ones are:
You must have purchased, or have on order, an eligible vehicle that is listed on the OZEV vehicle list. Check if your vehicle is listed here.
You must also meet the vehicle ownership requirements, which we highly recommend checking here.
You must have designated, off-street parking where a charging cable will not cross a pedestrian pavement. You can see full parking requirements below or here.
The charger must be OZEV-approved. All our charge points are eligible for the grant (except for the Tesla Wall Connector), but you can check the full list of OZEV-eligible chargers here.
You need to use an OZEV-approved installer such as Smart Home Charge (trading under Response EPR).
You are not eligible if you have previously claimed the grant (even under the old Domestic Recharge Scheme) unless you own 2 eligible vehicles at the same time, in which case you can claim the grant for a second charge point.
For full details and guidance on the EVHS/OZEV Grant, click here.
Do I have to claim the OZEV Grant?
No, if you would prefer not to apply for the grant then simply select this option when you submit your "Request a Quote" form. However, this will mean you will pay for the full cost of the charge point and installation.
How do I get the OZEV Grant?
In short, we help you. You cannot apply for the EVHS/OZEV Grant yourself - an approved installer such as Smart Home Charge must do it on your behalf.
It’s important you meet the above requirements because the Smart Home Charge OZEV application team will ask you to submit evidence to prove your eligibility.
After you've accepted your installation quote and paid, we will start the grant application on your behalf. We keep you updated throughout the process with emails as you progress towards installation.
Once we have gathered all the relevant details, we submit this to the Government - Smart Home Charge does not approve your application or claim. We simply assist with your application, check the details and evidence required to claim the grant are correct before submitting it to the Government on your behalf.
When do I get the OZEV Grant funding?
During the survey and quoting stage, we perform a few checks to see if we think you're eligible. These include confirming you have off-street parking and checking your vehicle is eligible for the grant.
If we are confident of your eligibility, we will deduct the £350 from your quote, meaning you effectively get the discount upfront when you pay and before your installation
However, this does not mean your grant application has been approved. The application can take up to three months to be approved or rejected by the Government. If it is rejected, you will need to pay back the £350 even if your charger has already been installed.
This means our OZEV team might need to contact you up to three months after your installation requesting additional information.
Of course, we do everything we can to avoid that scenario which is why our OZEV application team will request specific evidence from you to prove your eligibility to the Government. But it's also important you are honest and transparent about your circumstances at every stage so our team can advise you correctly.
What documents do I need to upload for the OLEV Grant claim?
Our OLEV team will explain what information and documents we need from you to send to the Government, as this can change depending on how you've purchased the car. But examples of the type of information we will need include:
Name of the driver claiming the OLEV Grant (this should be the registered keeper or nominated user of the vehicle too)
Address and contact details (matching the driver claiming the OLEV Grant)
Vehicle Make and Model
Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
MPAN or electricity supply number. Find out your MPAN number
Your order/delivery confirmation, or another proof of purchase such as leasing or finance documents for the vehicle
Nominated user letter on company headed paper if the vehicle is a company car or similar. We will provide you with a template for this.
What if my car is a company car or a lease vehicle?
If your vehicle is a company car or part of a salary sacrifice scheme, then you will be required to submit additional information such as the lease documentation that corresponds with your address and confirms the vehicle make and model.
If your vehicle is a lease vehicle but on a rolling monthly contract, then you must have had this vehicle for at least 6 months before applying for the OZEV Grant.
Our OLEV team are on hand to assist you with any additional information you may need to supply.