The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) has been extended to include small businesses and those in leasehold and rented accommodation. The Department for Transport has also confirmed the scheme – which provides up to £350 towards a chargepoint – will continue next year.
Small to medium enterprises will get access to the benefit via the Workplace Charging Scheme and the DfT hopes it will provide a boost as staff return to work. The changes will also mean that small accommodation businesses can benefit from the funding, “boosting rural areas, and tackling the ‘range anxiety’ associated with long journeys”.
This investment comes as the department launches a consultation on improving the charging experience – simplifying payments and increasing reliability – taking a step closer to delivering on the commitment to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.
The consultation suggests simplifying payment at chargepoints, meaning electric vehicle drivers can use contactless payment but do not have to download an app. It also seeks to make chargepoints more reliable and to force operators to provide a call helpline for drivers.
Drivers should also be able to find and access chargepoints easily, and the consultation calls on operators to make location data, power rating and price information more accessible for drivers.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said, “We urgently need more charging points to accelerate our transition to electric motoring, so this announcement is welcome and a step in the right direction. As we race towards the phase out of sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, we need to accelerate the expansion of the electric vehicle charging network.
“An electric vehicle revolution will need the home and workplace installations this announcement will encourage, but also a massive increase in on-street public charging and rapid charge points on our strategic road network. This will give drivers the confidence that recharging will become as easy as refuelling.”
What it’s worth
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant provides a 75% contribution to the cost of one chargepoint and its installation. A grant cap is set at £350 per installation. The main requirement is that a person owns, leases, or has ordered a qualifying vehicle and has dedicated off-street parking at their property. A person may apply for two chargepoints at the same property if they have two qualifying vehicles.