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EV chargepoint grant scheme confirmed for another year

March 30, 2020

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The electric vehicle homecharge scheme and workplace charging scheme have been confirmed for another year by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV). It has also confirmed the continuation of the on street residential chargepoint scheme for another year. From April 1, 2020, the grant 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. Businesses are now allowed 40 sockets under the workplace charging scheme, up from 20. The grant has also been extended to include larger electric motorbikes. It was announced yesterday at the Budget that the Plug-in Car Grant will continue until 2022-23. Giving three years of foresight, something the BVRLA and its members have campaigned for. We later received clarification from OLEV that the Plug-in Grant levels and eligibility criteria had been altered from 23:59 11 March 2020:

  • The Plug-in Car Grant rate will reduce from £3,500 to £3000.
  • Premium cars, costing £50,000 or more, will no longer be eligible to receive the Plug-in Car Grant.

There have been a number of queries around the £50,000 price and OLEV clarified the below:

For private, business, fleet or demonstration models this means the actual price paid by the customer, including any discount, not the recommended retail price. This definition of purchase price includes:

  • Number plates,
  • Vehicle excise duty
  • VAT (as applicable)

 and excludes:

  •  Any optional extras
  • Delivery charges
  • First registration fee.

Any discount offered on the vehicle to the customer by either the dealer or the company must be applied to the price before the application of the plug-in vehicle grant. For internal manufacturer sales, where a vehicle is retained by the company (e.g. loaned to companies or organisations for trial purposes or for own use), purchase price refers to the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of the vehicle, including and excluding the items referred to above. In this case, where the actual purchase price of the vehicle is lowered for internal transaction purposes the grant should be applied on the RRP of the vehicle. For all these types of sales OLEV will require notification of when an order has been put into the system, in the form of an email with a list of the vehicles, and will need sight of an example invoice before the first transaction is made. 

NB: Delivery Fee, First Registration and Optional Extras are not included in the calculation of purchase price.

The above can be found in their guidance (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plug-in-vehicle-grant-portal-guidance page 7). 

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 – extendable to £7,500 in certain circumstances. To date, more than 120,000 domestic chargepoint installations have benefited from grants as well as more than 6,500 workplace installations, across the UK.

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