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What is the OLEV grant and how can it help me?

The Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) currently offer a government grant, called the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), for electric vehicle home chargers. This grant provides up to 75% discount on the cost of the home charging point and its installation, to a maximum discount of £500. This is one of the government-backed incentives to encourage drivers to switch over to electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV); it shouldn’t be confused with the ‘plug-in grant’, which offers a discount on the price of some brand-new low emission vehicles.

With the OLEV grant, you can benefit from a significant saving on the cost of having a home charging point fitted for your EV or plug-in hybrid vehicle, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

OLEV grant eligibility

In order to qualify for the OLEV EVHS grant, you must be the registered keeper or primary user of, or be waiting on the delivery of, an eligible EV or PHEV that is registered in the UK. You must also:

  • Have off-street parking that is suitable for hosting a chargepoint
  • Install an OLEV-approved chargepoint
  • Use an OLEV-approved installer
  • Book an installation date no longer than four months ahead of the delivery date of your PHEV or EV

Whilst all fully electric cars, such as the Jaguar I-PACE, are eligible for the OLEV grant currently, not all plug-in hybrid cars are. You can find a full and up-to-date list of eligible vehicles here.

You can claim the OLEV grant for each eligible vehicle you own or lease, up to a maximum of two chargepoints per household. You can apply for the OLEV grant whether you want a home charging point for a brand-new or used low emissions vehicle.

Is there a time limit on OLEV grants?

The OLEV grant scheme currently has no end date, so there is no deadline for applications at the moment. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that OLEV could theoretically remove this scheme at any time, although they have suggested that they intend to give a few weeks’ notice if they do so.

How can I apply for my OLEV grant?

You can use the government website for details of how to apply for your OLEV grant. If you apply with an OLEV-approved installer then they can claim the grant on your behalf, but you will still need to fill out the customer declaration section and may need to provide evidence related to the vehicle and the suitability of your property to have a home charger installed.

Do I have to pay for my EV charge point up front with the OLEV grant?

As you apply for the OLEV grant through your installer, they make the claim for 75% of the cost (capped at £500) of the charger and installation on your behalf. The remaining cost will be agreed between you and your installer and they will be paid for the grant portion in arrears, once the installation is complete.

If you’re considering making the change from driving a conventional vehicle to an EV, you might want to book a Jaguar I-PACE test drive so you can experience for yourself the incredible power and refinement of this latest generation electric vehicle.

For more information on the Jaguar I-PACE or to book a test drive, contact your nearest Hatfields retailer today.